1st Edition

Who's Doing the Work? How to Say Less So Readers Can Do More

By Jan Burkins, Kim Yaris Copyright 2016

    Best-selling authors Dr. Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris rethink traditional teaching practices Who's Doing the Work: How to Say Less So Readers Can Do More. They review some common instructional mainstays such as read-aloud, guided reading, shared reading, and independent reading and provide small, yet powerful, adjustments to help hold students accountable for their learning.Next generation reading instruction is much more responsive to student needs and aims to remove some of the scaffolding that can hinder reader development. Instead of relying on teacher prompts, Who's Doing the Work asks teachers to have students take ownership of their reading by managing their challenges independently and working through any plateaus they encounter. Whether you are an elementary teacher, literacy coach, reading specialist, or parent, Who's Doing the Work provides numerous examples on how to readjust the reading process and teach students to gain proficiency and joy in their work.

    Introduction; Chapter 1: Reading Process: Beginning with the End in Mind; Chapter 2: Read-Aloud: Giving Students a Reason to Learn to Read; Chapter 3: Shared Reading: Bridging the Gap Between Read-Aloud and Guided Reading; Chapter 4: Guided Reading: Reading Practice Under the Teacher's Watchful Eye; Chapter 5: Independent Reading: Learning to Love to Read; Chapter 6: Putting It All Together


    Dr. Jan Burkins, co-author of Shifting the Balance (Stenhouse, 2021) and Kim Yaris are the writers and thinkers behind Burkins and Yaris -- Think Tank for 21st Century Literacy, where their blog and their instructional resources have drawn a national audience and made them thought leaders in the field of literacy instruction. Both former teachers, Jan and Kim are passionate about helping educators navigate, understand, and teach instructional standards without sacrificing their inner teacher. In their roles as staff developers, they work closely with schools and districts -- facilitating staff development, conducting in-class demonstrations, and developing curriculum.