Now online: Reading with Meaning

August 14th, 2008

“Throughout this book we have Debbie’s teaching mind on loan. She teaches us by engaging us in the details of teaching life from inside the mind, showing the thinking behind her teaching and the consequences of her actions — how to notice and what to notice — the view that makes her language choices possible.” (Peter Johnston)

In the years since her last book, Reading with Meaning was published, Debbie has had many conversations with teachers at seminars and conferences, and worked with children in classrooms across the country. Through this work, she’s come to believe that “success in the classroom depends less on which beliefs we hold and more on simply having a set of beliefs that guides us in our day-to-day work with children.”

In her new book, Teaching with Intention she shares her process for defining beliefs, aligning practice, and taking action to ensure that children are the true beneficiaries of her teaching.

From setting up the classroom environment to the intentional use of language, from comprehension instruction to lesson design, Debbie is explicit about what she does and why. At the same time, she encourages teachers to develop their own belief statements concerning teaching and learning.

“In these times of scripted programs and prepackaged materials I know it may be tempting to surrender,” Debbie writers. “But who among us is going to keep up the good fight? Who among us is willing to stand up for what we know is right? I’m in, and I hope you are , too.”

Now you can read the entire book online!

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