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No More Telling as Teaching with Cris Tovani

No More Telling as TeachingWhen we rely on lecture to cover more content, we’re doing students a disservice.  Although lecture can be engaging and even useful, lecture alone cannot give students real opportunities to learn, retain, and transfer the ideas, skills, and practices we’re trying to teach.

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To Create Readers, Share Your Reading Life With Students

no-more-reading-for-junk_mg5d9684In No More Reading for Junk, Linda Gambrell and Barbara Marinak provide research-based context for fostering children’s intrinsic motivation to read, and share some of the strategies and techniques that can transform disengaged readers into passionate ones.

Teachers are often naturally avid readers, but even if you aren't the sort of reader who is inclined to sit down with the latest best-selling novel, there are so many ways to share with students the authentic ways you engage with text in your daily life. "One of the key factors in motivating students to read," write Barbara and Linda, "is a teacher who values reading and is enthusiastic about sharing their reading with students."

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Using Pre-Assessment to Ease into Reading Differentiation

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The research is compelling: When teachers differentiate reading instruction, students learn more. But teachers are too often given the expectation of differentiation without the details on how to make it work. In No More Reading Instruction Without Differentiation, Lynn Bigelman and Debra Peterson offer a framework that adapts instruction based on individual students' needs and interests.

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No More Public Displays of Achievement

NNTBT_NoMoreReading4Junk_1Research has shown that children respond negatively when reading is rewarded with "junk." When given incentives such as candy, toys or stickers, the motivation to read actually decreases and students become less likely to read in the long run. 

In No More Reading for Junk, authors Barbara Marinak and Linda Gambrell provide research-based context for fostering reading motivation in children, and share strategies and techniques that are proven to transform students into passionate, lifelong readers.

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The Arc of Motivation

NNTBT_NoMoreReading4Junk_1There will always be students who struggle with motivation to read. In No More Reading for Junk, Barbara Marinak and Linda Gambrell show that motivation is central to reading development. If students are not motivated to read, then they will not reach their full literacy potential. The authors provide research-based context for fostering reading motivation in children, and share strategies and techniques that are proven to transform students into passionate, lifelong readers.

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What Does the Research Say about Lecture-Only Teaching?

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Adapted from No More Telling as Teaching: Less Lecture, More Engaged Learning by Cris Tovani and Elizabeth Birr Moje.

Why should we care about whether teachers rely on lecture? People have lectured throughout history, and many teachers claim this is the most efficient way to cover content. And, in fact, in and of itself the lecture is not a bad method for sharing information, ideas, or perspectives. Many people share their thoughts with others through lectures.

Because learners can participate in well-framed and well-structured lectures for which they have a clear sense of purpose, it is not the lecture that we challenge but rather a conception of learning that makes the teacher the knowledge disseminator and the students receptacles waiting to be filled. Specifically, we challenge the steady diet of teachers and textbooks (or other media) telling, with students regurgitating what they have been told.

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