I. The Essential Reading Life 1. Simplify your teaching life. 2. Bond with your students. 3. Share your reading life. II. The Essential Reading Day 4. Teach with a sense of urgency. 5. Organize an outstanding classroom library. 6. Plan for and monitor independent reading. 7. Make assessment instruction's working partner. III. Teaching Essentials 8. Teach comprehension. 9. Emphasize shared reading. 10. Examine guided reading. IV. Professional Advocacy: Why It's Essential 11. Know best practices, research, and programs 12. Remember: "You only have so much time." Conclusion: Enjoy teaching! Appendixes: guidelines, letters to parents, forms
Regie Routman has more than forty-five years of experience working in diverse, underperforming schools across the U.S. and Canada as an educational leader, mentor teacher, literacy coach, classroom teacher, and teacher of students with learning differences. Her current work involves on-site demonstrations of highly effective literacy and leadership practices and side-by-side mentoring and coaching of principals and lead teachers in order to improve reading and writing engagement, achievement, and enjoyment for all learners. Her many research-based books and resources have supported hundreds of thousands of teachers, principals, and educators at all levels to create and sustain trusting, intellectual school cultures where hearing all the voices and ongoing, professional learning are priorities. Regie's books include her Essentials series - Reading Essentials, Writing Essentials, and Teaching Essentials, published by Heinemann, and Literacy Essentials. For full information on Regie's publications including her Transforming Our Teaching video-based, literacy series and on-demand courses, PD offerings, and blogs, see www.regieroutman.org.