Several of us at work read this as a book club during the winter/spring of 2007. The idea is that together we would investigate various reading strategies and share our successes and frustrations.
Interestingly, Strategies That Work mirrors a lot of what we as a district are moving towards with adopting our L.E.A.D.S. model in the middle school; namely, restructuring the language program to teach strategies rather than details and incorporating other disciplines (Social Studies and Science) as we do.
What has not been understood by many, it seems, is that teaching these reading strategies has been the hallmark of elementary school since I began teaching. Teaching reading strategies by modeling the skill is key for student understanding. With my reading groups we use two books: one I model the strategy in and in the other the students practice. This also satisfies the need/requirement to read aloud to students daily.
Strategies That Work is not revolutionizing. It is, however, a good compilation for the teacher who may not be familiar with various comprehensions strategies and how they can be implemented into one's lessons....Continua