Trouble with Textbooks

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Trouble with Textbooks

  1. 1. D22 The Trouble with Textbooks<br />Katie McKnight, Ph.D.<br />Katherine.McKnight@nl.edu<br />Katie McKnight, Ph.D.<br />Katie@KatherineMcKnight.com<br />www.KatherineMcKnight.com<br />Twitter: @LiteracyWorld<br />Facebook: Katie McKnight Literacy<br />
  2. 2. The Textbook Challenge<br />Often Superficial<br />Exceedingly Hard to Read<br />Badly Designed<br />Authoritarian<br />Inaccurate<br />Not Written for Students<br />
  3. 3. Six Ways to Use Textbooks More Effectively<br />Empathy- Do you remember when you had difficulty in a subject and the text was difficult?<br />Help the students to get started. We need to “front-load” our teaching. <br />Don’t leave kids alone with their textbooks.<br />Choose wisely. Be more selective with assignments. Be strategic about what is most important. <br />Supplement richly.<br />
  4. 4. Textbook Feature Analysis<br />In groups, we will look at the different features of various textbooks.<br />How do textbooks affect our students’ study habits and success?<br />
  5. 5. Now What?<br />Consider the role of your textbook in teaching your subject matter.<br />How can you promote critical thinking with textbooks? <br />
  6. 6. Strategies for Textbooks: A Sample<br />Sticky Notes<br />Bookmarks<br />ReQuest<br />Supplement Richly<br />Audio Assist<br />Making Smaller Book Versions<br />
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  10. 10. Sketch Through Text<br />Daniels, H. and Zimmerman, S. (2004). Subjects Matter: Every Teachers’ Guide to Content –Area Reading. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, p 121.<br />
  11. 11. Stop and Write<br />
  12. 12. Resources I Like<br />Subjects Matter: Every Teacher's Guide to Content-Area Reading, Harvey Daniels and Steven Zemelman<br />Differentiating Textbooks: Strategies to Improve Student Comprehension and Motivation, James Grant<br />The Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers, Katherine McKnight <br />
  13. 13. How to Reach Me<br />Email Katherine.McKnight@nl.edu<br />FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Katie-Siewert-McKnight/127542413956216?ref=sgm<br />

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