Wiring the Brain for Reading (Paperback)

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If you’ve ever craved a magic wand that would cause all distractions to vanish from students’ view, these strategies are built for your classroom. After reading and implementing this theory, my students no longer reached for their phantom limbs (cell phones) when it was time to read. We are able to sustain silent reading and hold meaningful, deep conversations about text -- as in, a piece of literature, not an electronic message. — Bonnie Winchester


Using the latest neuroscience research to enhance literacy instruction

Wiring the Brain for Reading introduces teachers to aspects of the brain's functions that are essential to language and reading development. Marilee Sprenger, a specialist in learning and the brain, provides practical, brain friendly, strategies for teaching essential skills like phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. The author's innovative approach aligns well with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and is designed to enhance students' motivation and excitement in reading.

  • Offers a clear explanation of brain functioning in order to enhance language and reading instruction
  • Incorporates proven literacy strategies, games, and activities as well as classroom examples
  • Aligns with Common Core State Standards for learning to read, developing fluency, and interpreting complex texts

Wiring the Brain for Reading offers practical strategies for applying the latest research in neuroscience and learning to the classroom.

About the Author

Marilee Sprenger is an independent educational consultant. She consults and presents nationally on topics of learning, memory, differentiated instruction, and brain-based teaching practices. A former teacher, she is an adjunct professor at Aurora University. Often known as the "Brainlady," she is affiliated with both the American Academy of Neurology and the Learning and the Brain Society and is the author of several books on the brain and learning.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780470587218
ISBN-10: 0470587210
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: April 1st, 2013
Pages: 224
Language: English