Posted on 02/02/2011 by debrennersmith
Posted on 09/12/2010 by debrennersmith
Authors Take a Concept and Apply Their Own Language. What is the Gradual Release Language that works for you?
Linda Dorn and Carla Soffos writes in their book, Literate Minds (2005): 1. Modeling 2. Coaching 3. Scaffolding 4. Fading
Regie Routman writes in her book, Reading Essentials (2003): 1. Demonstration 2. Shared Demonstration 3. Guided Practice 4. Independent Practice
Pat Johnson writes in her book, One Child at a Time (2006): 1. Modeling 2. Scaffolding 3. Prompting 4. Backing Off 5. Reinforcing
Fountas and Pinnell writes in Guiding Readers and Writers (2001): 1. Show 2. Support 3. Prompt 4. Reinforce 5. Observe
Deb Renner Smith writes about in Beyond Retelling and on this blog: I Do, We Do, You Do
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Posted on 09/06/2010 by debrennersmith
Beyond Retelling By Deb Renner Smith and Patricia Cunningham
My book, Beyond Retelling, encourages the students to have deep thinking. Students figure out how to think about the Big Idea. They experience higher level thinking skills.
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Posted on 04/17/2010 by debrennersmith
Posted on 02/23/2009 by debrennersmith
Pat and I are very thankful for each and every teacher (and educator) who attended the session. Our session’s room held 75. People stood by the walls, sat on the floors, kept the backdoors open, the side doors open, and were quiet as mice so over 120 people were in the room and over 50-75 patiently strained to hear outside the room. We are grateful. Today at 10:30 we have a book signing at 10:30 at the Pearson booth, 800, in the exhibit hall. International Reading Association attendance is way down to roughly 3700 attendees this February. We are appreciative for each and every person who attended our session.
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Posted on 02/21/2009 by debrennersmith
See you there! International Reading Association in Phoenix. Pat Cunningham and I will talk about how to do the Thinking Theme Strategy. We have movie footage of students. It is awesome!
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Posted on 02/20/2009 by debrennersmith
Posted on 02/17/2009 by debrennersmith
Pat Cunningham and I are presenting our book at the International Reading Association on Sunday. Our session is Comprehension Strategy: Thinking Theme (Higher Level Thinking and Big Ideas). It is hosted in the Phoenix Convention Center in room W211B. I can’t wait! I hope to see you all there!
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Posted on 10/11/2008 by debrennersmith
Dr. Phil says you have life defining moments. I can’t remember if he said there were 5 or 7, but I have been thinking about some of mine.
1. When I was nine days old I had meningitis.
I survived and thrived in spite of it due to miracles and my parents’ belief in me. I learned to read & write. I even became an author, a teacher, a public speaker… all against the odds. I believe this is because my parents’ never doubted that I could do anything I wanted. I was provided with the best education opportunities. I was given lots of parental support and the belief that I could do and be anything I wanted to be.
2. Not getting the dream teaching job in the dream district ended up a blessing.
I was given the opportunity and freedom to make lots of wise-instructional decisions in my classroom. The district and school I worked in believed that teachers were smart and wise and capable. We were provided with lots of professional development.
3. Freedom to make decisions in the classroom.
This freedom in my classroom allowed me to implement Four Blocks and meet Pat Cunningham and Dottie Hall. They visited my classroom while I taught. They included me in their Four Blocks leadership conferences. I presented with them at the International Reading Association for numerous years. This lead to my opportunity of being published with Carson Dellosa.
4. Pat Cunningham
Meeting Pat Cunningham allowed me to publish with Pearson, Allyn and Bacon. My book, Beyond Retelling, has opened many doors for me through presentations and workshops. The comprehension strategy, Thinking Theme, leads to deep comprehension thinking that many students find helpful as they read.
Meeting my husband at a young age. We have provided a stable environment for our children. We have raised them in the same, small home town that we were raised, near my parents. As our children prepare to enter college, we reflect on the conservative values of small town living.
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