In this comprehensive resource, master teacher Maria Walther describes the teaching shifts needed to help students meet the rigorous demands of the new standards, showing teachers how they can build upon good practice already in place and take it up a notch to address higher standards. With charts highlighting changes, sample lessons that take instruction to the next level, and plenty of practical tips and how-to’s, this will be a welcome companion for any teacher working with rigorous standards. Includes online videos and downloadable teaching resources!
“This book is exploding with research-based strategies and evidence-based practices for preparing young literacy learners for todays higher standards. It is the perfect book for primary teachers looking for ways to get it all in while implementing rigorous standards. From classroom environment to inquiry experiences, this book has what every teacher of literacy needs to transform teaching practices.”
Alicia Stewart, Consultant and Elementary Instructional Coach, Newton County School District, GA
“This book is instant professional development with a multitude of ideas to utilize in your classroom. Maria Walther shares her knowledge of classic and current read-alouds, meaningful I can statements, and questioning techniques galore for both reading and writing. You will want to revisit this book year after year as you guide students to become lifelong learners who think independently, yet work and converse collaboratively.”
Suzanne St. John, Kindergarten Teacher, Burlington, IL
“Dr. Walther provides the support teachers need to move students forward in a standards-based system, always with a focus on what is right for students developmentally, academically, and even social-emotionally.”
Elizabeth Webb, Principal, Spring Avenue Elementary School, LaGrange, IL
“This book offers practical, standards-aligned strategies and procedures to get any elementary classroom growing to its fullest potential. Marias ideas will motivate and inspire both new and veteran teachers alike, with literacy lessons that can be easily woven into reading and writing workshops. With all the newest and best literature, this book is a must-have for every K2 teacher!”
Alissa Fewell, Second Grade Teacher, Carpentersville, IL
Strategies for Weaving Content-Area Learning Throughout the Day:
• Read aloud content-rich texts.
• Create a content-based center or work station.
• Post a question of the week.
• Pause to read and learn from bulletin boards.
• Share current events.