"Small-group instruction becomes a strategic, differentiated tool for Response to Intervention in Dr. Nancy N. Boyle's new resource, Rethinking Small-group Instruction in the Intermediate Grades. In this complete and ready-to-go resource, Dr. Boyles answers key questions about transforming small-group instruction to meet RTI objectives: •How can I teach comprehension strategies during small-group instruction? •How do I align high-stakes standards with comprehension objectives? •Where do fluency, vocabulary, and author's craft fit in small-group discussion? •How can I explicitly teach skills and promote meaningful discussions? •How do I effectively include intermediate-grade students who function at a primary level? Rethinking Small-group Instruction in the Intermediate Grades provides sixteen options to differentiate small-group instruction. Teachers focus on reinforcing comprehension skills and strategies while explicitly teaching students how to construct basic meaning about both literary and informational texts and master the art of discourse, which leads to higher-level critical and creative thinking. Boyles shows intermediate teachers how to embed the Common Core State Standards into small-group instruction and provides all of the rubrics, checklists, planning templates, and prompts necessary to implement these instructional formats in both the book and the included CD. The useful CD also contains target sheets matched to each objective that explain how to find the best evidence to meet the objective. Let Rethinking Small-group Instruction maximize the power of your small-group instruction to differentiate your teaching and efficiently meet RTI goals and national standards at the same time."
25 Oral Reading Strategies that Cross Proficiency Levels
Author: Michael F. Opitz
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
This book is one of the few that focuses on oral language development, a crucial but often overlooked component of academic development for ELLs. It helps fill a gap in the professional resources teachers need to help their English language learners reach high levels of oral and written English proficiency. -David and Yvonne Freeman Authors of Teaching Reading in Multilingual Classrooms and Essential Linguistics Oral reading is powerful enough to simultaneously support every student's comprehension learning and scaffold English language learners' progress toward proficiency. But not just any kind of oral reading will do. To help everyone in your class, you need effective, engaging strategies that can motivate all readers and help them learn to make meaning with texts-the kind you'll find in Comprehension and English Language Learners. The 25 oral reading strategies in Comprehension and English Language Learners support students with differing levels of English proficiency during regular reading instruction-from beginners to those completely comfortable with their new language. Michael Opitz (coauthor of Goodbye Round Robin, Updated Edition) and Lindsey Moses help you go beyond oral reading activities such as round robin or popcorn reading that have no research base and that can actually inhibit reading progress. With their strategies, you'll instead help English language learners: develop and monitor reading and listening comprehension evaluate texts and engage with authors learn social and academic vocabulary connect writing, reading, speaking, listening, and viewing get motivated to read on their own. In addition, Opitz and Moses make determining students' level of English proficiency easier with a primer on effective ELL assessment. They show you how each strategy can work within or across levels to help English learners make progress or consolidate gains. Each strategy is clearly presented and ready to use today with teaching suggestions, classroom examples, suggested children's literature, and online resources. Supplement your silent-reading program with oral reading that works. Read Comprehension and English Language Learners and teach with its strategies. Then listen to your English language learners to hear how powerful oral reading can be for developing comprehension.
&>This text presents a uniquely practical approach to the topic of Assessment in Special Education. The authors organize the material into a “real-world story,” by having each part and chapter of the text reflect the linear chronology of the assessment process used in schools. Unlike other books, this text is organized chronologically to present the overall process in a “straight line” – a practical and useful pedagogy in itself for the novice teacher. The text provides the practical tools necessary for a new teacher to understand the process of assessment in schools and then learn how to put it all together. It provides future special educators comprehensive coverage of the latest tests and evaluation procedures for all areas of exceptionality – for every age group – for students with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities. HIGHLIGHTS OF WHAT'S NEW IN THE THIRD EDITION: New chapter on Response to Intervention (RTI) makes readers aware of the increased importance of multi-tiered assessment in today's classrooms (see Chapter 17). New information on Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) (see Chapter 11). New information on the various types of speech and language disorders often seen by teachers of Special Education (see Chapter 13). Provides readers with a more comprehensive approach to the eligibility requirements necessary for a diagnosis to be made (see Chapter 16). Updated and revised content for the discussed areas of disability, including Learning Disabilities, Speech and Language Disorders, Mental Retardation or Intellectual Disabilities, and Emotional Disturbance