Archive for the ‘Book Review’ Category

  • Teacherpreneurs – A Book Review

    on Mar 18, 14 • in Book Review, Educator Professionalism, Featured • with Comments

    courtesy of teacherleaders

    Most of the readers and writers of The Educator’s Room would consider themselves more than “just teachers.” We’re ground movers, educational landscapers, and men and women who patch the faults of children and our profession. We also move some of our thoughts into actions, making us entrepreneurs of our profession. Certainly, we all don’t generate a sizable amount of income from it, but we do take risks to seek rewards. Likewise, not all of the “payouts” of these ventures can be considered failures if the dollars don’t follow – rather, we’re looking to change an

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  • ELL Classroom Instruction that Works – a Book Review

    on Jan 22, 14 • in Book Review, Featured, Opinion • with Comments

    courtesy ASCD

    Book: Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners 2nd Edition By: Jane D. Hill and Kirsten B. Miller Published: ASCD, 2013   Most K-12 classroom teachers are aware that state and federal laws currently require English Language Learners to perform as well as any mainstream students on standardized tests. We ESL teachers laughed when No Child Left Behind was introduced years ago with these proficiency requirements in writing.  While we are no longer laughing, we can tend to feel bitter and angry as our classrooms and schools with high numbers of ELL’s are punished

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  • Must Reads For The Ed Reform Advocate #1: Test and Punish – A Book Review

    on Jan 13, 14 • in Book Review, Educational Reform, Policy • with Comments

    Test and Punish, by John Kuhn

    Test and Punish: How The Texas Education Model Gave America Accountability Without Equity Author: John Kuhn Publisher: Park Place Publications, Austin, TX I first encountered John Kuhn’s name about a year ago while reading his article “The Pundit’s Miseducation” on The Educators Room (TER). As an education reform advocate I was inspired. His ideas were provocative, moving, and reflective of the value that our society needs to place on education. I immediately pored through the remainder of his TER articles and began searching for more writings authored by this man who had articulated many of

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  • “Reign of Error” – A Book Review

    on Nov 21, 13 • in Book Review, Featured, Opinion • with Comments

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    I’ve been hearing teachers rave about Diane Ravitch for a couple years now. As usual, I was a little late getting on the bus. Then I heard an interview with her about the Chicago Teachers Union’s strike last year and I was intrigued. I picked up her new book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. I began reading with some trepidation. The cover has that serious and professional look of a book that usually bores me to tears. I could not have been more wrong

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  • Fluency Fix-Up Strategies Part II

    on Oct 17, 13 • in Book Review, Featured, Literacy • with Comments

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    In my previous post, I wrote about the importance of fluency instruction and the benefit of explicit teaching of phrases to improve fluency.  According to Timothy Rasinski: Reading fluency refers to the ability of readers to read quickly, effortlessly, and efficiently with good, meaningful expression. (The Fluent Reader,  Pg. 26) Good readers need to be able to decode quickly with automaticity, read with expression, and have an appropriate speed.  Good readers also know when to adjust their speed depending on the text they are reading, but that is a topic for another day.  Oral reading

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