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News | August 26, 2010

Better Than Ever: Check Out the New Features in The Reading Teacher


Teaching has never been an easy profession. There is always something to do, whether it’s preparing lessons, grading papers, or working on professional development. Sometimes it might seem like there is more work than one teacher can do alone. Now, more than ever, The Reading Teacher can help!

Read on to discover all of the new features that have been added to the premier peer-reviewed journal for research-based classroom practice.

Pause and Ponder
Featured questions are included with articles to help you think about the topics raised in the article. These questions can be used in professional learning communities or when you are simply reflecting upon your own teaching practices.

Take Action!
Let’s face it—there is a lot of information in an article, and sometimes it can be overwhelming. Take Action! will help you quickly get started using a teaching idea or strategy by offering simple, step-by-step instructions. You will be using what you have learned in The Reading Teacher in your classroom in no time.

More to ExploreMore to Explore
Have you ever read an article and wished you could find more information on the topic? Now you can with More to Explore, a new feature at the end of articles and teaching tips that will point you toward related books, articles, ReadWriteThink.org lessons, and even podcasts.

Lesson Plans
Sometimes you don’t have the time to read the research behind best practices in the classroom—you just want a new lesson that you can use tomorrow. That’s where the new Lesson Plan feature comes in. In every issue of The Reading Teacher you will find a short, practical lesson that is ready for use in the classroom. The lessons are adapted from the award-winning website ReadWriteThink.org and include topics like spelling, comprehension, vocabulary, writing, and much more. Look to The Reading Teacher each month to find that new lesson you’ve been searching for!

Read through the new Toolbox feature to discover a variety of quick teaching and classroom management tips and a reproducible that is ready to use! Toolbox themes include retelling and summarizing, children’s literature, content area literacy, and more.

View From the ChalkboardView From the Chalkboard
Expect to be inspired and motivated by View From the Chalkboard, featuring stories written by elementary classroom teachers for elementary classroom teachers. Profiles of exemplary teachers and classrooms, reflections on teaching experiences, advice for new teachers, perspectives on current issues in literacy and education—it’s all there!

When you are ready to share your own View From the Chalkboard, send it to Shannon Fortner at sfortner@reading.org. If your essay is selected for publication, you will receive a one-year, online-only subscription to any International Reading Association journal for yourself or a colleague.

Ask the Expert!
Do you ever feel like you have more questions than answers? If so, then RT’s new Ask the Expert column is ready to help! In 2010–2011, you can expect topics such as RTI, strengthening home–school connections, using technology in the elementary classroom, improving reading comprehension, motivating all students to read, and much more. E-mail your questions today to Susanne Viscarra at sviscarra@reading.org and find out what the experts have to say!

If you already subscribe to RT, we hope that you find these new features both helpful and informative. If you are not a subscriber, please visit the RT website to view articles or special features from the current issue and to subscribe.

The Reading Teacher is the journal you can come back to time and again for the latest research-based practices, lesson plans, and teaching tips that will inform your teaching and learning.