When Kids Can't Read: What Teachers Can Do: A Guide for Teachers 6-12 Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-20 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 83 user ratings

"I absolutely love and value the ideas of signposts to make our adolescent readers stop and THINK about the books they are reading in and out of our classrooms. I teach 6th grade where kids have been studying reading strategies for all their elementary years. I can't wait to take reading strategies to the next level by teaching signposts as explained in this well written book. students will be using all their background knowledge of strategies, apply them naturally and deepen their higher level thinking about books...any book! This book will make me a better reading teacher!" said.

"A brilliant book for anyone teaching students in grades 6 through 12 to read. If I could have only one resource for teaching reading in these grades, this would be the one. Kylene covers everything from comprehension and vocabulary to connecting kids to the right book. The appendices range from high frequency word lists to booklists. As an added bonus Kylene infuses the text with a running dialogue with one of her first struggling readers, George, and how now, twenty years later, she is ready to answer George's parents who asked why George couldn't read and what could be done about it. " said.

"absolutely useful as a reference book (or to read straight through) in order to learn about how kids learn to read, how to identify exactly which problems kids might be having when they struggle with reading, which literacy terms mean what, and how to teach people to read effectively, with their unique needs in mind.

clearly written and full of sample work, handouts to use when teaching literacy, diagnostic methods, etc. this is the best book i've found on the subject of understanding and helping struggling readers--extremely useful for any teacher who thinks reading is a worthwhile endeavor.
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"I really enjoy reading Kylene Beers' work. I've read her book on Adolescent Literacy before this one, and I find the advice she gives to be practical and useful in the classroom. It feels kind of silly to me that I read this book at the very end of my reading specialist training, as it basically outlines what I've wanted to know all along. She doesn't get overly-theoretical or philosophical, and she doesn't blame kids reading problems on broader social issues. She just gives you practical strategies to use in the classroom if you have a struggling reader, which I feel can benefit any teacher. " said.

"I actually didn't quite finish this; just slightly over halfway read. It was ok; but I'm hardly motivated to finish it right now. There's some good ideas; but I've read better educational materials. The author was a little wordy and there were elements that eventually had me skimming through. Like beginning each chapter with a letter to an old student she regrets not having helped more. (Those got old after one chapter.) And the "what it would look like" scenarios for using a particular strategy. Those were long and somewhat tedious, and I kept thinking to myself that my students--as struggling readers--would never discuss literature like that." said.

"This book was fantastic, I only wish I had read it years ago. Written in a very straight forward style, Beers is very relatable. Her book is packed with strategies that could be implemented immediately in any classroom. I admit that at times her letters to "George" seemed a little contrived, but they added a personal element to the book and forced you to think about students in your own class. I would recommend this to anyone who teaches readers. This is one of the few textbooks that held my attention from beginning to end. This will definitely be a valuable resource as I continue in my career." said.

"This book was a great "shot-in-the-arm" for me!! My present postiion is the Librarain in a Middle School, but I feel like I still wear my "reading teacher" hat - thanks to being able to collaborate with the reading teachers in my building. This book is so easy to read and understand - I'm thinking about having my night class students read parts of it. My favorite quote showed up on p.287 -"As one young man told me once about tough books, "I want to meet these characters on the pages of a book before I have to meet them in real life. In a book, if it gets too intense, I can just walk away; in real life, I probably won't have that option."

If you teach in a Middle/High School setting READ THIS BOOK!
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"A must read for every teacher-the title indicates that this is a guide for teachers of grades 6-12. I disagree. The author cites specific strategies and instructional practices to use in the teaching of reading - no matter what grade you teach. "We must, at all times, remember that we don't teach a subject, we teach you-specific children with specific needs. And there's not a teacher out there who doesn't know you. You come from all nations, from all ethnic groups, as a boy or girl. You are from rich families and poor families. You've seen parents divorce, siblings leave home, and grandparents die. You speak many languages. You go to school in small towns and large cities. You steal our hearts, make us cry, help us laugh, and keep us up late at night wondering how we can help."" said.

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