Teaching Essentials by Regie Routman. Expecting the Most and Getting
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Teaching Essentials

Expecting the Most and Getting the Best from Every Learner, K-8

Drawing on her extensive work with students who have excelled against great odds, Regie shares the principles and practices that help all students and teachers reach their full potential. Teaching Essentials shows teachers and principals how to build an efficient and joyful practice.

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What makes a teacher outstanding? More than anything, it’s a way of being with kids in the classroom that lets them know they’re smart and capable of high achievement. When you combine this mind-set with effective instruction, teaching and learning are transformed. In Teaching Essentials, Regie Routman gives us as much of a blueprint for achieving this powerful, responsive teaching as we’re ever going to get.
 
Drawing on her extensive work with students who have excelled against great odds, Regie shares the principles and practices that help all students and teachers reach their full potential. Teaching Essentials shows teachers and principals how to build an efficient and joyful practice by:
  • setting lessons and activities in a meaningful context
  • using an Optimal Learning Model to organize teaching and gradually release responsibility to students
  • demonstrating reading, writing, and thinking for students so they have explicit models to follow
  • articulating high expectations for every student, including ELLs and struggling learners, and ensuring that they meet them
  • embedding assessment into all aspects of instruction and planning
  • employing the reading-writing connection to improve comprehension
  • motivating writers by always writing for real audiences and purposes
  • implementing a schoolwide coaching model for higher achievement and a more fulfilling collaboration with colleagues.
 
A companion website, www.regieroutman.com, provides additional information, including a downloadable, easy-to-use study guide to promote professional conversations and video clips of Regie teaching so you can view and review the language and routines behind engaging, responsive instruction and learning. The Teaching Essentials book and website are ideal for individual, whole school, and districtwide professional development.

Contents

 

1. Look Beyond What You See

2. Create an “I Can Do It!” Learning Environment

3. Become an “Expert at Smartness”

4. Focus on Meaning First

5. Embed Assessment in All Teaching

6. Teach for Independent, Self-Directed Learners

7. Put Schoolwide Coaching into Practice

8. Live a Full Life

 

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"The ideas and dispositions Regie shares could be applied to any learning environment. My staff and I read this as a whole staff book study. Our use of the Optimal Learning Model as an instructional framework has changed the way we teach in our building. All other initiatives that come our way could potential be applied to this model."

Matt Renwick, Reading by Example: Rethinking the Role of the Literacy Leader blog