Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 130
Weight: 422 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
Intended for parents and teachers of middle school students, this book provides practical suggestions on how to foster a love of reading in early adolescents. The authors draw on research in the fields of literacy education and adolescent psychology. * Children's Literature Association Quarterly *
Beyond the Bedtime Story: Understanding and Promoting Reading Development During the Middle School Transition Years is a must read for parents and educators of early adolescents. By distilling the truth about demanding rigor, higher standards, and greater accountability, Young and Michael provocatively examine the barriers to middle school literacy while articulating promising strategies to evade, eliminate, or transform these all-too-common roadblocks. -- Carol Merlone, EdD, superintendent of schools, Ansonia Public Schools, Asonia, CT
Amid the flurry of friends, parties, hormones, and all the additional changes that occur in adolescence, some students may hit a middle grades malaise leading to an academic slump. Such a malaise can certainly influence preteens' desire to read. Studies show what common sense tells us: the more students read and comprehend what they read, the more academically proficient they will become. Reading can become an even bigger battle in middle school, especially for the reluctant reader with learning disabilities and attention disorders. Beyond the Bedtime Story is a tribute to the art of teaching reading, an immensely important contribution to an adolescent's education. The teaching of reading has tremendous power when it comes to fulfilling the development of all aspects of a learner's language ability, and its importance to the entirety of human life in this day and age cannot be overstated. -- Judith L. Klimkiewicz, EdD, senior consultant for K-12 College/Career Education and Workforce Development, Commissioner's Office, Massachusetts, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, superintendent of schools, retired, Nashoba Valley Technical School District, MA
Beyond the Bedtime Story: Understanding and Promoting Reading Development During the Middle School Transition Years provides a solid overview of the research, context, and processes essential for teaching reading effectively and achieving literacy-related goals at the middle school level. This book is an excellent resource for understanding how middle school students learn, how to use appropriate middle school pedagogy for typical and atypical learners, and how to engage parents in the processes that promote reading success during middle school, where 'reading to learn in all content areas' is a necessary skill for interdisciplinary success throughout the educational spectrum. -- Lynne M. Celli, PhD, associate dean for graduate education programs, Endicott College, Beverly, MA
At a time when a growing number of middle school students are not demonstrating strong reading skills, parents and teachers are searching for explanations and solutions. This book unlocks the reasons why many middle schoolers do not read, providing parents and teachers with an understanding of the social, emotional, psychological, and educational factors that influence reading development. Tapping into research on early adolescent development theory, brain functioning, and reading disabilities, this book offers a comprehensive overview of the underlying causes of poor reading. It also suggests strategies and programs that can be used both at school and at home to support reading development at the middle school level, making Beyond the Bedtime Story an important book for teachers and parents of reluctant or struggling middle school readers. -- Nadine Bonda, PhD, underperforming schools consultant, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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