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Learning to Read in the Computer Age
Learning to Read in the Computer Age
By: Anne Meyer, David H. Rose

It is hard to find a proposal for improving American education that does not include plans for the widespread use of computers. Yet concerns abound that the benefits will lag behind until the teachers who guide the students have a better understanding of their use. Anne Meyer and David Rose provide a thoughtful book that will help educate teachers in the theories and uses of computers for the teaching of reading. It presents rich knowledge both about computers and about the process of learning to read, relating computers to theories of the brain and to the teaching of reading skills and strategies. Also covered is the variety of computer software available for teaching reading at various levels for students who make normal progress as well as for those who experience problems. This presentation offers an exciting view of the future use of computers in reading instruction.

Learning to Read: Lessons from Exemplary First-Grade Classrooms
Learning to Read: Lessons from Exemplary First-Grade Classrooms
By: Michael Pressley, Lesley Morrow , Cathy Block , Ruth Wharton-McDonald , Richard Allington
The Guilford Press
(2001)

An important goal in every first-grade classroom is to get children reading--but how? This book examines current research on first-grade literacy instruction, and shows how it translates into what good teachers really do in the classroom. The authors, premier early literacy scholars and educators, describe several studies of effective beginning reading instruction conducted across the country.

Legacy of the Blue Heron: Living With Learning Disabilities
Legacy of the Blue Heron: Living With Learning Disabilities
By: Harry Sylvester

A chance encounter with an unfortunate bird provides the springboard for Harry Sylvester's marvelous reflections on confronting and conquering his learning disabilities. Legacy of the Blue Heron: Living with Learning Disabilities is a moving personal account of coping with learning disabilities by an individual with severe dyslexia who became an engineer, businessman, boat-builder, and president of the Learning Disabilities Association of America. This entertaining storyteller's experiences lead to wise, common-sense advice for solving many problems faced by students, parents, and educators.

Like Sound Through Water: A Mother's Journey Through Auditory Processing Disorder
Like Sound Through Water: A Mother's Journey Through Auditory Processing Disorder
By: Karen J. Foli, Edward M. Hallowell, MD

A person with auditory processing disorder receives jumbled and distorted sounds. But the ability to hear is usually normal. Even though it affects millions of Americans, APD can be difficult to diagnose and challenging to treat. Through years of research, and personal interviews, Karen Foli learned everything she needed to know about APD in order to help her son achieve the greatest gift of all: communication.

Linguistically Appropriate Practice: A Guide for Working with Young Immigrant Children
Linguistically Appropriate Practice: A Guide for Working with Young Immigrant Children
By: Roma Chumak-Horbatsch
University of Toronto Press
(2012)

This groundbreaking book provides a convincing argument on the benefits of dual language learning while simultaneously introducing a new teaching approach known as 'Linguistically Appropriate Practice.' This approach offers guidance for a range of professionals who work with young immigrant children and helps them to ensure that home languages are maintained and strengthened while children are assisted in learning the dominant school language. With over fifty classroom activities that can be adapted to match curricula needs, Linguistically Appropriate Practice is a highly practical guide for transforming classrooms into multilingual and multi-literate environments.

Literacy Assessment of Second Language Learners
Literacy Assessment of Second Language Learners
By: Sandra Rollins Hurley, Josefina Villamil Tinajero
Allyn and Bacon
(2001)

Product Description: Literacy Assessment of Second Language Learners consists of articles written specifically for this book by national and international experts and teachers in the field of literacy/bilingual assessment. The authors include assessment instruments, such as grading rubrics and observation checklists; classroom vignettes at the beginning of each chapter that integrate theory and practice; and numerous pedagogical devices such as charts, graphs, and summaries to make the book easy to use for readers.

Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners
Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners
By: Nancy Cloud, Fred Genesee , Else V. Hamayan
Heinemann
(2009)

In this must-read guide, experts Nancy Cloud, Fred Genesee, and Else Hamayan lay out a research-based yet practical and accessible approach to reading and writing instruction for ELLs. Designed for ELL teachers, mainstream teachers, and reading specialists, the book offers an excellent foundation on what we know about literacy development in ELLs before offering numerous classroom strategies on topics such as: emergent literacy in a second language; helping ELLs become biliterate; academic language and literacy; connecting reading and writing; and assessment. The book is full of classroom examples, extra tips and research questions, recommended resources, and useful skill charts, presented by the authors in a thoughtful, comprehensive, and clear format.

Literature-Based Reading Activities
Literature-Based Reading Activities
By: Ruth Yopp Edwards, Hallie Yopp Slowick
Allyn and Bacon
(2005)

This text presents a series of activities and ideas for implementing a literature-based reading program. Theoretically supported exercises for grades K-8 are included, as well as universal activities applicable to books of all levels. In addition, the book discusses practical, decision-making guidelines for literature instruction.

Made in America: Immigrant Students in Our Public Schools
Made in America: Immigrant Students in Our Public Schools
By: Laurie Olsen
New Press
(2008)

Product Description: As the United States reexamines its borders and immigration policies, the debate over educating immigrant students in our public schools has divided Americans. What can teachers and immigrant students expect from each other? Laurie Olsen, co-director of Californians Together, describes what it looks and feels like to go to school and to teach in a culturally diverse environment. With a new introduction by Olsen, this timely reissue probes the challenges facing teachers and immigrant students in our public schools.

Magic Trees of the Mind: How to Nurture Your Child's Intelligence, Creativity, and Healthy Emotions from Birth Through Adolescence
Magic Trees of the Mind: How to Nurture Your Child's Intelligence, Creativity, and Healthy Emotions from Birth Through Adolescence
By: Marian Diamond, Janet Hopson

Cutting edge scientific research has shown that exposure to the right kind of environment during the first years of life actually affects the physical structure of a child's brain, vastly increasing the number of neuron branches—the "magic trees of the mind"—that help us to learn, think, and remember.

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