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Literacy Work Stations: Making Centers Work / Edition 1

Literacy Work Stations: Making Centers Work / Edition 1

by Debbie Diller
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This book will help teachers solve the dilemma: What does the rest of my class do while I'm working with a small reading group? Debbie Diller offers practical suggestions for over a dozen literacy work stations that link to instruction and make preparation and management easy for teachers. Learn how to set up work stations, how to manage them, and how to keep them going throughout the year.

Each chapter includes:how to introduce each station;materials to include at each station;what to model;how to solve problems;how to differentiate;how to assess and keep students accountable;reflection questions for professional development.

Materials in both English and Spanish are provided in the extensive resource section. Throughout the book the author has included photos of literacy workstations from a variety of classrooms in which she has worked to illustrate the methods discussed in the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571103536
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 151,410
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Debbie has been a national consultant since 2000, but still has those "back to school" dreams in the fall. After playing school in the basement of her childhood home in Lititz, Pennsylvania, she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Millersville University and Temple University and spent the next four decades as an educator. She's worked as a classroom teacher, migrant education teacher, Title I reading teacher, and literacy coach in Pre-K through grade 10 in diverse public school settings. Her love of teaching stems from her love of learning. "I have always loved learning. Becoming a teacher was a way I could share that love of learning with children and eventually, with adults."

A big part of her learning is listening to teachers and their professional development needs. "When I work with teachers, I try to understand their needs by finding out what they know and listening to their questions. Then I begin where they are and work with them to help them take the next steps toward where they (and/or their school systems) want (them) to be. I believe in professional reading and professional learning communities, and support teachers in their quest to best meet the needs of all students in their classrooms."

Debbie's ideas for her books also come from her work with teachers. She listens for frequently asked questions, patterns, teachers' needs, and keeps a writer's notebook to collect ideas, thoughts, and notes. "Often, the old joke comes to mind: "how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." That's how I write: Bit by bit, on planes, in hotel rooms, in my office on a rare day. Teachers' questions and comments spur me on through my daily, ongoing work in classrooms, which sustains my craft."

Debbie's family has changed and grown in recent years. Her son, Jon, and daughter, Jessica, are both married, and she now has a granddaughter, Chloe, with another on the way. Debbie's husband, Tom, passed away in 2012.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't buy it for your Nook. All the charts are in small print and can't be made big enough to read. You are better off buying the book. Same for the other book by Diller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a sixth year teacher. I currently teach kindergarten and have been wanting to move towards a more center-based model, giving students control over their own learning. This book lays it out for you and makes it easy to start and easy to keep going! It gives center ideas that you never really realized could be centers. It offers great, general ideas that fit into any classroom. Philosophies are shared, tips are given, and common teacher concerns are addressed. The only thing I think is missing is addressing/showing readers what lesson plans could or should look like. Overall, it's an excellent read that will make you want to start work stations today!
Annabelle21 More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best professional books I have read. It is easy to read, has lots of pictures and makes you want to use it right away. I highly recomend it to anyone who is teaching K-5.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best Center/Work Station books for the primary grades that I have found!!! It gives how different work stations might look in k-2 classrooms. It is a very easy read and IT REALLY WORKS!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has it all! I have never come across a book as easy to follow. It tells you exactly how to set everything up. This is a must have, especially for new teachers! Love this book.