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Literacy Matters


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Dedication Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Learn to Learn With Metacognitive Reflections 2. Interact With Seven Strategies to Comprehend (Phantom Skill) 3. Tap Into Prior Knowledge to Support Schema Theory 4. Extend Reading to Encourage Flexible Reading 5. Research the Principles of the Brain and Learning 6. Analyze Words to Foster Fluency 7. Collaborate With Cooperative Learning Groups to Engage Learners 8. You-Are-a-Reader Attitude Matters 9. Mediate With Early Intervention Strategies 10. Appeal to Parents/Guardians Gets Them Involved 11. Teach Vocabulary by Building Background Knowledge (Dolch List) 12. Tune-in to Technology to Impact Literacy 13. Enter Literacy With a Multiple Intelligences Approach 14. Read-Aloud, Read-Along, Read-Appropriately Practices Foster Flexible Readers 15. Strategize Reading With Guided Reading Activities References and Bibliography

About the Author

Robin Fogarty is President of RFA: A Robin Fogarty Company, a Chicago-based, minority-owned, educational publishing/consulting company. Robin received her doctorate in curriculum and human resource development from Loyola University of Chicago. A leading proponent of the thoughtful classroom, Robin has trained educators throughout the world in curriculum, instruction and assessment strategies. She has taught at all levels, from kindergarten to college, served as an administrator, and consulted with state departments and ministries of education in the United States, Puerto Rico, Russia, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Great Britain, Singapore, South Korea, the Netherlands, the Kingdom of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Robin has published articles in Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan, The Journal of Staff Development and The Middle School Lournal. She is the author of numerous publications, including Brain-Compatible Classrooms, Literacy Matters, Ten Things New Teachers Need, How to Integrate the Curricula, The Adult Learner, A Look at Transfer, Close the Achievement Gap, Twelve Brain Principles, Nine Best Practices, and From Staff Room to Classroom: Planning and Coaching Professional Learning, How to Teach Thinking Skills Within the Common Core: 7 Key Student Proficiencies of the New National Standards, Invite! Excite! Ignite! 13 Principles for Teaching, Learning and Leading K-12 classrooms Robin received her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education at SUNY, Potsdam, NY, and her Masters in Instructional Strategies from National Louis University in Evanston, IL. She is known as the teachers' teacher and has mentored numerous colleagues in the art and science of working with the adult learner. She brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to all endeavors, has a wealth of knowledge in the field and conducts highly interactive PD sessions.


"A wonderful tool and the type of book teachers long for. Gets straight to the point and gives strategies and ideas that any teacher can use. The practices can be put into place quickly and will make a difference." -- Gayla LeMay, Eighth-Grade Teacher
"Makes a definite contribution to the field of literacy, and will be ideal for all schools in my county for hiring literacy coaches this year. The author's focus is perfect, with a clearly stated purpose that is fulfilled throughout the book." -- Cristen L. Krugh, English Teacher

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