Learning to Read
Lessons from Exemplary First-Grade Classrooms
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Table of Contents
Part I First Grade: History and Contemporary Practice 1. A Brief History of First-Grade Reading Instruction 2. Surveying Nominated-Effective First-Grade Teachers about their Instruction 3. The Nature of First-Grade Instruction that Promotes Literacy Achievement Wharton-McDonald 4. Teaching Writing in the First Grade: Instruction, Scaffolds, and Expectations Part II The Case Studies Wiesner, Pressley. Schultheis, Wharton-McDonald. Leyden, Baker, Allington, Brooks. Allen, Block. Loden, Morrow, Asbury. Part III Thoughts about Teacher Development How I Became an Exemplary Teacher (Although I'm Really Still Learning Just Like Anyone Else) Day Concluding Reflections.
'Reading this book, I found myself reviewing my years of teaching first grade and wondering how much better my teaching could have been if I had had this information. The authors do a good job of summarizing their findings in a fair and objective manner and recounting some wonderful individual stories. We learn best from actual examples from the classroom rather than theory alone; there is nothing like real life to add credibility.' - Brenda Sabey, PhD, Western Kentucky University, USA
'A clear, engaging book offering a nice mix of research and practice...I particularly enjoyed the case studies and the concluding reflections, which provide powerful food for thought. I would love to share this book with other teachers, particularly the new teachers that I mentor. I believe it will motivate, enthuse, and provide a basis for daily practice.' - Pat Clark, MS, First Grade Teacher, Alden Terrace School, Elmont UFSD, NY, USA
'A unique contribution to the field, and a real treat to read. I will use this book as a reference for lecture material as well as for assigned readings for graduate students.' - Diane H. Tracey, EdD, Kean University, USA