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“The book outlines the importance of creating literacy blocks in a classroom where students are treated as 21st Century learners who have a choice as well as a voice in their own learning. … 100 MINUTES is set up in such a way that a regular classroom teacher could start teaching such blocks directly from the text; a soup-to-nuts approach where the ideas are clearly explained and exemplified and all necessary templates are provided. …I would highly recommend this book to teachers in both the elementary and secondary teaching panels. Professionally Speaking (page 49)
“There is a surfeit of professional development books, all written by experienced teachers, all providing excellent tips. The most common complaint is, How do I take that information and transform it for the classroom? Lisa Donohue has provided everything in her book, the teacher just needs to follow the presented schedule and adjust her ideas to suit her particular class. 100 Minutes takes the reader to a new level of balanced literacy. Highly recommended.” – ETFO Voice
“I was very inspired to really focus on both effectively teaching during my literacy block and implementing more technology into my classroom… after listening to you speak. Thank you so much for putting a little spark back into my teaching and making move out of my comfort zone to try something new.” – Reading for the Love of It Attendee
“Throughout the resource, there are numerous useful reproducible tools for classroom teachers. Donohue has applied her extensive knowledge of literacy strategies to re-examine the 100 minutes of the literacy block. …this resource would be a good addition for teachers who want to improve the organization of their literacy block.” – Resource Links
“Following the structural format in the book for my literacy block, I can not only provide direct instruction in reading and writing, but give numerous opportunities for students to apply what they’ve learned…Thank you, Lisa, for writing such a fantastic book that has given me so many wonderful ideas to consider as I prepare for another school year.” – Aviva Dunsiger
Chatting with Debbie Diller about Keepin’ It Real. She posted this picture on her blog.
” In the final chapter, “Voices in minutes a day”, the author presents ways of integrating time for practicing students’ writing voice. She discusses building a “collaborative community of writers” and the importance of peer and teacher feedback. She also discusses assessment of student writing and goal setting for young writers.
This hands-on text could easily be the centerpiece for writing units in the Language Arts classroom. Teachers and students alike will find the writing accessible and easy to follow. Highly Recommended. ” CM Magazine
“The key to Donohue’s vision is that, together, teacher and student must establish the expected components of a piece of writing before launching into the first draft. As the students work through their composition, the teacher can model specific writing traits, using mentor texts and descriptive feedback to support the work.
The Write Beginning motivates teachers to rethink how they support the young writers in their classrooms. In the words of the author, “Only when the end is clear are we ready to begin.” – Professionally Speaking: The Magazine of The Ontario College of Teachers (Dec, 2010)
“Independent Reading Inside the Box is a must-have resource. It is a very timely book for teachers since schools are focusing on implementing read-alouds, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading. Teaching comprehension strategies is also a current major initiative in many schools and boards, and Donohue’s book helps schools reinforce what they are already teaching as well as providing some new ideas. Independent Reading Inside the Box is also flexible as it is geared towards both fiction and non-fiction texts. Teachers will also appreciate Donohue’s easy-to-read writing style, practical tips and anecdotes, and the many blackline masters… Lisa Donohue continues to impress with Independent Reading Inside the Box. She is on the cutting edge of current initiatives in schools and has created another book with in-depth and easy-to-use practical resources for teachers. The idea of Reading 8 Boxes is a simple one, yet Independent Reading Inside the Box is an invaluable book packed with excellent information and resources to make independent reading more purposeful, accountable, as well as a time to practice skills. Highly Recommended” – CM Magazine
“Comment utiliser les stratégies de compréhension en lecture autonome sans perdre le plaisir de lire? Voici la recette magique : une fiche de lecture à huit cases qui permet de structurer des activités de choix, les particularités du texte, l’étude de mots, la
taxonomie de la pensée et les stratégies de lecture…. Bref, tout est inclus afin d’appuyer la lecture autonome des élèves. Vous cherchez l’ingrédient magique? Vous l’avez deviné : les documents reproductibles sont inclus! Il ne vous reste qu’à tenter la recette!” – Pourparler Profession OEEO
“…The concept of a guided listening lesson is a such a simple one: make read alouds purposeful and connected by having students apply the skills the teacher models during read alouds to the students’ own independent reading. Guided Listening left me thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that?” However, I am glad that Lisa Donohue did and has provided teachers with such an outstanding model and time-saving resource. Guided Listening is recommended for principals, literacy consultants, new teachers and veteran teachers alike, trying to make balanced literacy work in their schools. Highly Recommended.” CM Magazine