Monday, July 9, 2012

Has anyone read . . .

        I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I stumbled upon a book with tons of writing game ideas at a recent trip to the public library.  Well I neglected to mention that I also picked up the book Teaching Reading Beyond the Primary Grades by Marjorie Y. Lipson.  Now this was an impulse check out.  I am not familiar with the title or author but this was intriguing all on its own because it was published in 2007.  I couldn't help but ask myself why had I not heard of this book?  Then I realized I was teaching 1st grade back then.  It wouldn't have been on my radar because as I'm sure you all know there is a LOT of reading instruction going on down in first grade!  Warning . . . small rant coming.  Something that has bugged me for about five years now is that I have heard several, in fact too many in my opinion, second grade and above teachers say that they don't teach reading and that the kids should already know how to read before they get to them.  While there is some truth to that, I have also heard and said, "You get what you get and you don't pitch a fit."  Now as a third grade teacher I am constantly on the look out for professional materials that I can share with intermediate teachers to help them help their struggling readers since they may not know how to teach someone how to read.   So I say all that to ask has anyone read Teaching Reading Beyond the Primary Grades by Marjorie Y. Lipson?  Did you like it?  Was it helpful?  Should I just return it to the library?  Please if you have any thoughts I'd love to hear them!!!
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