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Mindsets and Moves: Strategies That Help Readers Take Charge [Grades K-8]

Mindsets and Moves: Strategies That Help Readers Take Charge [Grades K-8]

by Gravity Goldberg
Mindsets and Moves: Strategies That Help Readers Take Charge [Grades K-8]

Mindsets and Moves: Strategies That Help Readers Take Charge [Grades K-8]

by Gravity Goldberg


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What if you could have an owner’s manual on reading ownership? What if there really were a framework for building students’ agency and independence? 

There’s no "what if?" about it. When it comes to teaching reading, Gravity Goldberg declares there is a structure, one that works with your current curriculum, to help readers take charge. The way forward Gravity says lies in admiring, studying, and really getting to know your students.

Consider Mindsets&Moves your guide. Here, Gravity describes how to let go of our default roles of assigner, monitor, and manager and instead shift to a growth mindset. Easily replicable in any setting, any time, her 4 Ms framework ultimately lightens your load because they allow students to monitor and direct their reading lives. 

  1. Miner: Uncovering Students’ Reading Processes (Focus: Assessment)
  2. Mirror: Giving Feedback That Reinforces a Growth Mindset (Focus: Feedback)
  3. Model: Showing Readers What We Do (Focus: Demonstration]
  4. Mentor: Guiding Students to Try New Ways of Reading (Focus: Guided Practice and Coaching)

Get started on the 4Ms tomorrow! Gravity has loaded the book with practical examples, lessons, reading process and strategy lists, and a 35-page photo tour of exemplary reading classrooms with captions that distill best practices. All figures, student work and photographs are provided in vibrant, full color. 

We are in the midst of an ownership crisis, and readers of every ability and in every grade are more often compliant than fully engaged. Use Mindsets&Moves as that rare resource that 
makes something highly complex suddenly clear and inspiring for you. 

GRAVITY GOLDBERG is coauthor of Conferring with Readers: Supporting Each Students’ Growth and Independence (Heinemann, 2007) and author of many articles about reading, writing, and professional development. She holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a former staff developer at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and an assistant professor at Iona College’s graduate education program. She leads a team of literacy consultants in the New York/New Jersey region. 

"Mindsets and Moves addresses, in a very engaging way, the most important aspects of classroom literacy instruction. It shows how to think about and interact with children around literacy. Thoroughly grounded in current theories, which are clearly explained and illustrated with stories and examples, the book is absolutely practical with excellent examples of lessons, anchor charts and all of the necessary details." — Peter Johnston, Author of Choice Words and Opening Minds 

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506325057
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 08/24/2015
Series: Corwin Literacy
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 240
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Gravity Goldberg is an international educational consultant and author of five other books on teaching. Mindsets & Moves (Corwin Literacy, 2015) put her on the world stage with its practical ways to cultivate student agency, leading to speaking engagements and foreign translations of her work. She has almost 20 years of teaching experience, including positions as a science teacher, reading specialist, third grade teacher, special educator, literacy coach, staff developer, assistant professor, educational consultant, and yoga teacher. Gravity holds a B.A. and M.Ed. from Boston College and a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She currently serves as a coach for Seth Godin's altMBA and is the founding director of Gravity Goldberg, LLC, a team that provides side-by-side coaching for teachers.

Table of Contents

Chapter One. Reading on One’s Own: What We Really Mean by Take-Charge Independence
What Does It Really Mean to Read on One’s Own?
Examining Teacher Roles
Taking the Spotlight Off the Teacher
The Facets of Ownership
How Rigor Fits In
The Pitfalls of Turning Play Into Work: Motivation Challenges
Chapter Two. Shifting Roles: Be a Miner, a Mirror, a Model, a Mentor
The Gift of Problems: Creating a Willingness to Struggle
Shifting Roles Toward Reader Ownership
What Shifted?
Taking on New Teacher Roles: The 4 Ms
How Ownership Sits Within the Gradual Release Model
Chapter Three. Being an Admirer: Looking at Readers With Curiosity
Admiring Allows Us to See What Is There
Admiring Gives Us Glimpses Into Our Students’ Minds
Admiring Lets Us See Potential
Admiring Helps Us Recognize Individuality
Admiring Pushes Us to Be Precise
Admiring Gives Us the Small and Big Picture
Admiring Supports a Growth Mindset
Admiring Creates Growth Mindset Expectations
Language Impacts Mindset
Admiring Impacts Our Guiding Questions
Start Admiring!
Chapter Four. Creating Space for Ownership: A Photo Tour of Reading Classrooms
Reading Process Spiral
Reading Workshop Space
Class Meeting Area
Reading Notebooks
Tracking Reading Volume
Class Goals Chart
Book Club Tools and Spaces
Student Intentions
Small Group Instruction
Reading Nooks
Student Reflections
Chapter Five. Be a Miner: Uncovering Students’ Reading Processes
Using a Five-Step Process
Uncovering One Student’s Reading Process
Uncovering a Class’s Reading Processes
Choosing When to Be a Miner
Admiring Trouble
Chapter Six. Be a Mirror: Giving Feedback That Reinforces a Growth Mindset
Feedback Teaches
Preparing to Give Feedback
Being a Mirror to a Small Group
Being a Mirror to the Whole Class
Admiring Trouble
Chapter Seven. Be a Model: Showing Readers What We Do
Being a Model
Being a Model to One Student
Are We Really Modeling?
Planning to Model for the Whole Class
Preparing to Be a Model
Modeling, Not Assigning
Admiring Trouble
Chapter Eight. Be a Mentor: Guiding Students to Try New Ways of Reading
Being a Mentor
Break Down Strategies Into Steps
Mentoring a Small Group of Readers
Mentoring the Whole Class During a Read Aloud
Admiring Trouble
Chapter Nine. Teaching Students Strategies for How to Be Admirers
How to Talk About Your Reading Process
How to Set Goals for Yourself as a Reader
How to Reflect on Your Mindset
How to Give Each Other Feedback
How to Ask for Support
Chapter Ten. Embracing Curiosity: Entry Points for Getting Started
Entry Point 1: Shift Roles
Entry Point 2: Shift Lenses From Deficit to Admiring
Entry Point 3: Shift Your Focus From the Teacher to Students
Entry Point 4: Shift Classroom Spaces
Entry Point 5: Shift Toward Feedback From Students
Entry Point 6: Shift Toward Feedback From Trusted Colleagues
Entry Point 7: Admire Yourself
Appendix A. Student-Focused Reading Checklist
Appendix B. Continuum: How We Might Shift Our Instruction Toward Ownership
Appendix C. Chart of Balanced Literacy Reading Components
Reproducible Classroom Charts
Be a Miner
Be a Mirror
Be a Model
Be a Mentor

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