Have you ever come across something so amazing you wanted to keep it a secret so nobody else knew about it? I kind of feel that way about today’s Blog topic. Today I will be writing about the newest professional development book on my desk – The Reading Strategies Book.
Heinemann has done an amazing job marketing this book. First, they created a video and offered sneak peaks of the different chapters on this blog: http://heinemann.com/readingstrategiesbook/#rspv-blog-posts Then, they offered discounts to those who would pre-ordered the book. Also, they created a Facebook group (all before the book was published)! I took full advantage of all the pre-release offerings and received my copy of the book two weeks ago (shh!). I have only leaked my knowledge of the book to one other person in my town…until today.
What push me over the edge to share this amazing resource with you was the Voxer group I joined yesterday with teachers from ALL OVER THE COUNTRY who are just as excited about this book as I am. As group members we are committed to reading the book together this summer so that we are fully prepared to implement the strategies in our classrooms in the fall. Then, once we have tested our lessons with students we plan to report back to the group how it went.
So that I could be a valuable group member I read the “Getting Started” chapter of the book yesterday and here is what I learned:
- The book is really a big list of strategy lessons that have already been thought up (HALLELUJAH!) and teachers are encouraged to adapt the lessons to fit the needs of their students.
- The book is organized in a hierarchy of possible goals that help teachers SEE the continuum of learning 🙂
- We must inform students of their reading goals and help them work towards achieving them.
- It provides the best explanation of the difference between a goal, skill, and strategy I have seen (p. 8-9). Plus, there is a goal sheet on p. 8 I would love to try using.
I am super excited about this new resource. The author writes “this book is the ultimate cheat sheet/guide to fuel all my goal-directed, differentiated instruction in conferences and small groups” (p. 13). If you are interested in reading this book with me this summer…just let me know!