5 thoughts on “When Kids Can’t Read-What Teachers Can Do

  1. Written by a real teacher who likes kids and recognizes the huge number of them who fall through the cracks in public junior high and high school classrooms. Starts off with a story of her own painful experience with this.

    If you’re a teacher like I or the author was, you have had kids (probably more than one per class) who can’t do the work you assign because of reading deficits. With 30+ others to deal with, it’s easy to just shine these kids on. You can flunk them or give them a D and pass th

  2. WOW – excellent resource for reading teachers of all grades, not just the targeted 6th-12th graders in the subtitle! If more lower grade teachers used these strategies and techniques, perhaps there would be less of a need for this book in secondary grades. In fact, a 3rd grade class showed me their version of “Somebody wanted-but-so” (complete with hand motions) during a summary lesson in the library this week, the day after I read that chapter! So many great charts, question prompts, scales, li

  3. This was the most engaging and one of the most helpful textbooks I have ever read. It’s a great resource for teaching reading at the middle and high school levels, and I will definitely refer back to it for guidance.

  4. Kylene Beers explains what her first year of teaching was like and I remember feeling the exact same way when I first started teaching. I read this as an undergraduate student, but it holds so much more meaning now as a practicing teacher of both writing and literacy. I keep it on hand as a reference when I need to refresh my memory about how to help struggling readers. I love all her stories of things that really happened to her in her own classroom. I felt it gave the book an authentic voice a

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