Best Ever Literacy Survival Tips: 72 Lessons You Can't Teach Without

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"Best Ever Literacy Survival Tips is more than a survival guide for reading teachers—it is a handbook that can guide teachers in making informed, effective, and creative instructional decisions to meet the literacy needs of their students. This is a book that should be on the desk of anyone who teaches reading in the elementary or middle grades. It is a wonderful example of the merging of the art and science of teaching reading." —Timothy Rasinski, Professor, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio (from the Foreword)

Lori Oczkus’s unique guide for busy teachers offers 12 practical chapters on the hottest literacy topics including independent reading, grouping strategies, formative assessments, nonfiction, fluency, comprehension, and more! Research-based guidelines, classroom examples, and a “Top 5 “ favorite lessons list for every chapter make this an essential reference to help you motivate students and improve literacy. Designed for professional development, Best Ever Literacy Survival Tips includes a study guide and discussion topics that are ideal to discuss at staff meetings or as part of a book club or professional learning community.

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International Reading Assoc.
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Published on
Apr 9, 2012
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Pages
204
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ISBN
9780872078130
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English
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Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / Reading & Phonics
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