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on November 20, 2012
Our building has embraced the Reading Apprenticeship model as outlined in Reading For Understanding. Having had two days of training this fall, I was eager to read for myself what pieces were missing in the training so that I could more fully embrace the framework and strategies in my classroom. While my district did eventually purchase a hard copy of the book for me, I found it much more convenient and engaging to read a kindle version.
The book has many examples of how to adopt routines to assist students in your classroom, and it has included a wide variety of levels to consider. So often when I read books about teaching reading it applies to only one subset. . .but this allows true differentiation within a classroom and applies to all learners. Examples are given across curricular areas too. What might initially be thought of as just an "English" problem, is addressed in science, social studies and math classrooms helping teachers see how content area literacy varies and needs to be taught and explored with students. Students in my resource room English class are having deeper levels of discussion, and they are more willing to cite examples from our common texts than ever before. I truly believe this is due to the new classroom routines and attitudes I've adopted since reading this book and attending training.
As a building, having so many teachers trained and working together to change how we support our students has been the best professional development I've experienced in my nearly twenty years in public education.