Download Epub Format Ô Reading With Meaning: Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades PDF by ¹ Debbie Miller I enjoyed the changes in this second edition providinginsight to Debbie s unit plans She s shared with readers big questions, possible targets and things to think about to planeffectively Lots of mentor text suggestions I love this book and writer Dipping into this book is like talking to a trusted colleague who always shares great ideas Feel inspired and renewed each time I read this.
I want to be Debbie Miller when I grow up This second edition of Reading with Meaning is so relevant to education today While I consult my original copy constantly, it was nice to reread the book with Debbie s updated ideas on reader s workshop I recommend to all teachers everywhere.
This is my favorite professional development book I ve read it so much the pages are falling out I love the theories and activities They all revolve around a calm, meaningful classroom in which children are engaged in learning.
I would give this book a 4.
5 5 I would suggest taking up Reading with Meaning as a follow up for The Daily 5 The books are very similar in my opinion, with The Daily Five delvinginto the concrete details of classroom management during the reading workshop Miller s book is a great follow up because it addresses some of the how, butimportantly, the why of reading workshop in great detail.
In reading Reading with Meaning , I ve learned the intentionality behind teaching what I had known to be an abstract and nebulous world comprehension or deeper structures of reading I love how Miller lays out her plans for the year and includes her learning targets and how she will know and they will know when the students have achieved them.
Overall, this was a must read for me as a primary teacher My criticism would be that the book, even the updated version, felt dated, and I wondered if Miller s structures would work in classrooms now For example, we learn for the first time near the end of the book, on page 160, about this random person named Michelle, who helps Miller in her classroom Is it assumed that all classrooms have an aide or co teacher Perhaps in the days Miller was teaching, having an aide wascommon But what about classrooms that don t have this resource I also wondered what kind of schools would allow this kind of teaching In my experience teaching in the last four years, teachers are required to teach from a specific reading curriculum In some schools, the inhibitors on teacher autonomy are stronger scripted lessons, pacing guides etched in stone, administrators lording over lesson plans I wonder if Miller s methodology, which is no doubt very well thought out, researched and proven in its techniques can be implemented in the modern classroom where a teacher is shackled by the micromanaging school, state and federal expectations The book felt like a time traveling quest back to the 90s and early 2000s when I was a grade school student I felt like the only current information the author used to update the book was by saying how great the Common Core was and how it aligns with her plan.
Again, there is so much valuable information in this book that I am willing to overlook some of the dated material, and I am excited to try to use Miller s methods in my classroom Amazing book that I plan to read repeatedly during my years teaching.
If You Have Ever Wondered How To Teach Comprehension Strategies To Primary Age Children, read OnFirst, Imagine A Primary Grade Classroom Where All The Children Are Engaged And Motivated Where The Buzz Of Excited, Emerging Readers Fills The Air Where Simultaneously Words Are Sounded Out And Connections Are Made Between The books Of Their Choice And The Experiences Of Their Lives Then, Open These PagesWelcome To Debbie Miller S Real Classroom Where Real Students Are Learning To Love To Read, To Write, And Are Together Creating A Collaborative And Caring Environment In This Book, Debbie Focuses On How Best To Teach Children Strategies For Comprehending Text She Leads The Reader Through The Course Of A Year Showing How Her Students Learn To Become Thoughtful, Independent, And Strategic Readers Through Explicit Instruction, Modeling, Classroom Discussion, And, Most Important, By Gradually Releasing Responsibility To Her Students, Debbie Provides A Model For Creating A Climate And Culture Of Thinking And LearningHere You Will Learn Techniques For Modeling Thinking Specific Examples Of Modeled Strategy Lessons For Inferring, Asking Questions, Making Connections, Determining Importance In Text, Creating Mental Images, And Synthesizing Information How To Help Children Make Their Thinking Visible Through Oral, Written, Artistic, And Dramatic Responses To Literature How To Successfully Develop Book Clubs As A Way For Children To Share Their Thinking Reading With Meaning Shows You How To Bring Your Imagined Classroom To Life You Will Emerge With New Tools For Teaching Comprehension Strategies And A Firm Appreciation That A Rigorous Classroom Can Also Be Nurturing And Joyful This book SERIOUSLY rocked my world After I read The Book Whisperer, I was inspired to throw out my basal which my principal JUST ordered and do my reading instruction just like she does But I was wondering how I could do this in a primary classroom, since Donalyn Miller teaches sixth grade So, when a teacher blog set up a read along of the Book Whisperer, I loosely followed along, and that s where I found that Donalyn Miller would answer bloggers questions if they submitted them So I submitted mine, asking how I could do her same plan in first and second grades.
And she picked MY question to answer OMG She told me I should read this book, so I got right on it.
And it is amazing This book was written by a teacher in Colorado who does a reading workshop model with her first grade class She gave very explicit directions on how to do it in your own class, and she recommended a ton of books many multicultural Love that I also loved how she included real pictures and samples of her students work That made me think that maybe I can do this So, I can t really throw out my basals, but I think I can make this work I also just bought this at the Borders clearance yesterday From Here you will learn techniques for modeling thinking specific examples of modeled strategy lessons for inferring, asking questions, making connections, determining importance in text, creating mental images, and synthesizing information how to help children make their thinking visible through oral, written, artistic, and dramatic responses to literature how to successfully develop book clubs as a way for children to share their thinking.
Reading with Meaning shows you how to bring your imagined classroom to life You will emerge with new tools for teaching comprehension strategies and a firm appreciation that a rigorous classroom can also be nurturing and joyful.
RwM is a MUST read for beginning teachers and teachers wanting to begin instructing with best practices It s easy to read, practical and the ideas and strategies are easy enough to try the next day.
This book has some really great ideas for mini lessons when teaching Reading Comprehension Concrete examples help the newer teacher like myself.
It isn t the only reading book you should purchase if you are a new teacher but it is a helpful one Other reading books that are incredibly helpful are The Book Whispererby Donalyn Miller,The Daily Five by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, and Growing Readers Units of study in the Primary Classroom by Kathy CollinsThese 3 books will shape your reading curriculum and give you a good balance of implementing an independent reading program in your classroom and mini lessons that you can use with your students to foster their growth as life long readers.