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Who said word study has to be boring? Not Pamela Koutrakos! In her book Word Study that Sticks, Koutrakos provides teachers with a host of highly engaging and easily implemented approaches for making phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, and vocabulary instruction come alive in their classrooms.
Pam offers so many practical and innovative ideas for word study, but even more than that, by highlighting the importance of student choice, engagement, and collaboration, Pam's book is a primer for planning instruction across the day. In addition to very practical and engaging ideas for word study, Pam helps teachers prioritize their time, organize their instruction, and offer children both individual choice and social opportunities across the day.
Word Study That Sticks provides Grades K-6 differentiated support for making word study meaningful in any classroom. Chock-full of resources -- including sample schedules, lessons, routines, tips for classroom set-up, even workarounds if your classroom is different -- Pamela Koutrakos has pulled together the most popular and effective word study techniques being used in schools today. Her inviting writing style will make you feel like you have a master teacher by your side as you implement these ideas in your classroom.
As a presenter I'm asked if I know of a good book for word study. I found one in Pamela Koutrakos' Word Study That Sticks! She breaks it down for the novice and streamlines for the old pro. It's truly word study that sticks.
Whether you've been teaching word study for a few years or a few decades, Word Study That Sticks will change your mindset and open your eyes to innovative word study practices. Pam's enthusiasm for inquiry-based word study experiences, coupled with her classroom-rooted expertise, glimmers off the pages of this must-have resource. With features like practical prioritizing, teacher tips, and workarounds to common classroom challenges, Pam offers a no-excuse guide to providing students with the word knowledge needed for school and beyond.
Professional texts about word study often are too technical and removed from the everyday realities of the classroom. Fortunately, Pamela Koutrakos serves her 'signature dish' of positivity and enthusiasm with a side of sincerity and practicality. Throughout Word Study That Sticks, Pam infuses her deep respect for students, teachers, and the learning process. Her explicit discussion of the what, why, when, and how of word study instruction feel like conversations with a trusted colleague.
This book is so needed in the world! Where I go, teachers ask about word study -- how to do it and when to fit it in with all the other demands placed on their time. Word Study That Sticks: Best Practices, K-6 is just the right resource at just the right time to answer these important questions. Pamela Koutrakos gives us a perfect blend of background knowledge (the what and why behind word study) and the practical day-to-day (the how) to get word study up and running.
As an increasing number of schools and districts embrace a balanced literacy model, oftentimes, word study is an area that either gets overlooked or causes confusion. In Word Study That Sticks, Pamela Koutrakos cuts through the clutter and demystifies what word study is all about with a practical, research-based system that any educator could implement. This much-needed book is the first and only book I can recommend on the topic, and I could not recommend it enough for any school or district exploring word study.
In Word Study That Sticks: Best Practices, K-6 , Pamela Koutrakos takes a fresh look at word study instruction and moves away from word study as discrete skills needed for reading and writing success to patterns and practices that help students leave their mark on the world. Grounded in best practices, authentic reading and writing, and joyful engagement, Pamela clearly shows educators how to teach students the power of words and word study.
If you're seeking a comprehensive guide to differentiated word study aimed at building independent, inquisitive qord explorers, you've got the right book in your hands! In Word Study That Sticks, Pamela Koutrakos offers practical and purposeful lessons to get started and set up and maintain inquiry-based, engaged word study routines across a variety of grouping options throughout a year of study.
Pam's passion for engaging children in purposeful, thoughtful, and joyful word study exudes in Word Study That Sticks. The framework she posits is elegant yet practical in daily teaching within a workshop structure. The lessons, grounded in research that supports the urgency of word study for our learners, convey a clear vision for developing a culture of word learning, exploration for words, active engagement, and positive, student-centered word study.
When reading Word Study That Sticks, you feel as though Pam has stepped inside your classroom and is with you each step of the way, cheering you on. She understands your word study concerns and provides you with an abundance of options that are responsive to your students' right-now needs which you can immediately use. As I was reading, I could envision my teachers flipping over the ready-made word study charts and lessons that Pam Makes available.