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Lifers: Learning from At-Risk Adolescent Readers / Edition 1

Lifers: Learning from At-Risk Adolescent Readers / Edition 1

by Pam Mueller
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Mueller, a high school reading consultant, felt herself increasingly drawn to the young people she met who didn't like reading—bored, frustrated, and alienated teens ever on the brink of academic failure. Once labeled "at risk," she found, such students inevitably face years of remediation efforts that do little but separate them from their peers and cause them to see reading as a battle they will always lose. Mueller outlines three innovative reading workshops she and her colleagues implemented to help the neediest readers embrace literacy. She offers the stories of 22 students she worked with, observed, and interviewed to explain how such children become remediation "lifers," and how they can break out of the cycle of failure.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900867095141
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 09/21/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

For twenty-five years Pam Mueller has worked as a teacher and reading consultant at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She is currently an instructor in University of New Hampshire's Learning Through Teaching inservice program as well as a facilitator for New Hampshire's Best Schools Initiative. She is a frequent consultant, speaker, and workshop leader.

Table of Contents

Part IAt-Risk Adolescents Speak Out: Alexis, Kayla, Mick, and Friends1
1.Lifers: When Readers Struggle From the Start3
Alexis's View of Reading6
Alexis's View of Herself8
The Beginnings of the Struggle9
Problems Encountered in the Struggle10
Trying to Get Help at School13
Parents Step In16
2.From Love to Hate: Educational Practices That Turn Kids Off to Reading19
Ineffective Instruction22
One Size Does Not Fit All25
Choice Makes the Reader28
Reading That Emphasizes Decoding Over Understanding33
Ineffectual Teacher-Student Connections38
3.Journeys Not Taken: Going Nowhere in Your Reading43
The Roots of Mick's Ambivalence47
What's the Point?49
A Glimpse into the Reader's World56
Destination: The Reader's World57
Mind Journeys Aren't Easy59
Finding Their Way63
4.What These Lifers Teach Us65
Seeing Is Believing66
If/Then Conclusions67
Can We Make a Difference?70
Part IIA Revised Curriculum and Re-visioned Readers73
5.Reading Workshop I: Laying the Foundation for Change75
Reading Workshop in Action: "Do We Really Have to Read Today?"76
Course Goal82
Program Effectiveness83
Students and Space84
Class Schedule86
Reading Activities86
Study Strategies87
Setting Expectations87
Keeping on Track90
Ongoing Assessment and Evaluation91
Keeping Parents Informed93
6.Reading Rebound: Preliminary Footings for Those Who Need It Most94
"I'm a Reader Now"95
Instructional Model100
Choosing the Student104
Training and Supporting the Teacher105
Assessing Progress106
Evaluating Results107
7.Reading Workshop II: Constructing the Framework for Success109
"We Can Read and Talk, Read and Talk"110
Learning More About Our Students117
Reading Beyond the Classroom120
Introducing Effective Reading Practices120
Learning Together: A Team-Teaching Approach to Instruction125
Assessment and Evaluation126
8.Literacy Workshop Electives for Those Who Still Need Support128
"I've Got the Knack of It All Right, But Only to a Point"129
Afterword: What's the Point to All This?135

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