DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence

October 10, 2019 - Comment

“We have never seen teachers work harder than we do now. These tools inspire kids to work as hard as we are.” -Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts What’s DIY Literacy? It’s making your own visual teaching tools instead of buying them. It’s using your teaching smarts to get the most from those tools. And

“We have never seen teachers work harder than we do now. These tools inspire kids to work as hard as we are.”
-Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts

What’s DIY Literacy? It’s making your own visual teaching tools instead of buying them. It’s using your teaching smarts to get the most from those tools. And it’s helping kids think strategically so they can be DIY learners.

“Teaching tools create an impact on students’ learning,” write Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts. “They help students hold onto our teaching and become changed by the work in the classroom.” Of course, you and your students need the right tools for the job, so first Kate and Maggie share four simple, visual tools that you can make. Then they show how to maximize your instructional know-how with suggestions for using the tools to:

make your reading and writing strategies stick motivate students to reach for their next learning goal differentiate instruction simply and quickly.

Kate and Maggie are like a friendly, handy neighbor. They offer experience-honed advice for using the four tools for assessment, small-group instruction, conferring, setting learning goals, and, most important, helping students learn to apply strategies and make progress without prompting from you. In other words, to do it themselves.

“It is our greatest hope,” write Kate and Maggie, “that the tools we offer here will help your students to work hard, to hold onto what they know, and to see themselves in the curriculum you teach.” Try DIY Literacy and help your readers and writers take learning into their own hands.

Product Features

  • Heinemann Educational Books

Comments

Anonymous says:

Kate and Maggie Roberts have written a wonderful book about how to make your teaching come alive … Kate and Maggie Roberts have written a wonderful book about how to make your teaching come alive in a classroom. No longer do you need ditto sheets, pre-made posters, or cardboard cutouts to teach reading and writing. Instead, Kate and Maggie teach us to channel our inner Etsy to help students learn to read and write at higher levels. Each chapter provides funny anecdotes, concrete examples, and wise tips for teaching literacy in elementary and middle school. A brief summary of each…

Anonymous says:

“Onward to Joy” The DIY Literacy book is a must have for all ELA teachers! Kate and Maggie have created an extremely user friendly resource for teachers. They have identified three main reasons our students struggle: memory, rigor, and differentiation. They then give us four tools that will help us guide our students through these struggles. Hands-on strategies and resources spill out of this fabulous book! A bonus chapter gives the reader additional resources! Another bonus, Kate and Maggie have videos to…

Anonymous says:

Recommended Reading I went back and forth thinking about whether DIY Literacy is a “3” or “4” star text. Thinking aloud, here goes my review….Content (4 stars) – The basic premise of this book is to explain and illustrate the use of four literacy teaching tools used to improve student recall of taught skills, increase the rigor of classwork, and differentiate instruction. The teaching tools described include the following: Repertoire or Process Charts (breakdowns of strategies to…

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