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The Teacher You Want to Be. Essays about Children, Learning, and Teaching

Edited by Matt Glover and Ellin Oliver Keene
ISBN-13: 978-0325074368 / ISBN-10: 0325074364 ISBN 978-1-425-80850-1 / 1-425-80436-5 / 2015 / 256pp / Heinemann
Grade Level: K - 12th

This book is about bringing the education we want for our own children to all. It is focused on a set of strongly held beliefs that drive the actions of educators every day. Each of the 15 essays, centered around one of these beliefs, invites readers to consider what they can do to help children attend schools based on the true,... more >


Talk About Understanding: Rethinking Classroom Talk to Enhance Comprehension
Talk About Understanding: Rethinking Classroom Talk to Enhance Comprehension

Ellin Oliver Keene
ISBN 978-0-325-02839-2 / 0-325-02839-7 / 2012 / 192pp / BOOK WITH DVD
Grade Level: K - 8th

Reading education pioneer Ellin Oliver Keene demystifies comprehension instruction by describing what it can look like when readers comprehend deeply and what it can look like when teachers aim for this deep comprehension. This ground-breaking book is illustrated with video footage of Ellin modeling the reading instruction she describes. Here, you can watch Ellin use language and teaching moves that help students go beyond superficial reading comprehension to lasting understanding. more >


Comprehension Going Forward
Comprehension Going Forward

Ellin Oliver Keene, Susan Zimmermann, Debbie Miller
eBook
Grade Level: K - 8th

The real genius of this book is that it is written by teachers, for teachers. All of the authors in this book know what classrooms are like. This means that authenticity and integrity pervade every chapter in the book. Teachers will immediately sense this authenticity on their way to realizing that the book offers an endless supply... more >


To Understand: New Horizons in Reading Comprehension
To Understand: New Horizons in Reading Comprehension

Ellin Oliver Keene
ISBN 978-0-325-00323-8 / 0-325-00323-8 / 2008 / 320pp / Paperback
Grade Level: K - 8th

The renaissance in comprehension instruction launched by Mosaic of Thought has led to changes in hundreds of thousands of classrooms, where teachers now model reading strategies, and students probe meaning more deeply. But no book in the field has satisfactorily answered the question: What does it really mean to comprehend? In To Understand, Ellin Oliver Keene not only explores this important question, but reveals what teachers can do to encourage all students to engage in deep understanding far more consistently than before.... more >


Mosiac of Thought, Second Edition
Mosaic of Thought, Second Edition

Ellin Oliver Keene, Susan Zimmermann
ISBN 978-0-325-01035-9 / 0-325-01035-8 / 2007 / 312pp / Paperback
Grade Level: K - 8th

Ellin Oliver Keene and Susan Zimmermann have returned with a new edition of Mosaic of Thought that features 70 percent new material. When the first edition published ten years ago, Mosaic of Thought became a runaway best seller as the first book to explicitly describe the use and benefits of strategy-based comprehension instruction. Since then comprehension strategy instruction has exploded, leading to numerous inspiring variations on Mosaic's instructional principles, as well as a widening of the comprehension research base. Now the second edition offers up-to-the-minute insight for classroom teachers, literacy coaches, and school leaders everywhere, and reminds everyone of precisely what effective, long-lasting comprehension teaching looks like. more >


Assessing Comprehension Thinking Strategies
Assessing Comprehension Thinking Strategies

Ellin Oliver Keene
ISBN 978-1-425-80850-1 / 1-425-80436-5 / 2006, 2008 / 88pp / Perfect Paperback
Grade Level: 1st - 8th

This is an ideal tool for assessing students' reading comprehension. This book offers a unique way of assessing how students use thinking strategies to comprehend text. The book contains four reading passages for each grade level (1-8) that offer high-interest fiction and nonfiction text. Each assessment is accompanied by a rubric that allows you to document students' thinking and then score and monitor their growth. Strategies assessed include... more >


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