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Independent Reading Inside the Box

  • Title:Independent Reading Inside the Box, 2/e: How to Organize, Observe, and Assess Reading Strategies That Promote Deeper Thinking and Improve Comprehension in K-8 Classrooms
  • Author:Lisa Donohue
  • Publication Date:September 2015
  • Grade Level:K-6
  • ISBN:9781551383095
  • Publisher:Pembroke

The best-selling first edition of this popular book showed teachers how to use a single sheet of paper to help students focus on reading books they love rather than filling reading time with busy work. This simple approach offers students an easy way to build and strengthen their comprehension, language, and thinking skills. The highly-awaited second edition explores critical literacy to promote higher-order thinking skills, individualized goal setting, feedback, and monitoring, and personalizing learning. The author argues for giving students choice and exploring innovative ways to make thinking visible during independent reading.

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Author Bio

Lisa Donohue is a native of Grenada in the Caribbean and immigrated to Canada at age eight. She received her bachelor of education degree from Nipissing University and a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Trent University. She also completed several courses at Drake University and York University. She currently teachers fifth and sixth grades and believes that teaching is "a profession of passion. As teachers, we shape the citizens who will lead us into the future. I think it is so important to connect with each student on a personal level, finding the things that interest and inspire each of them. I began teaching not because I was inspired by one great teacher in my life, but by many, and I hope that one day someone may remember me as making a difference in his or her life. The good kids are easy to teach; the kids that are hard to teach are the ones who define good teachers." The field of education is evolving rapidly, and Lisa believes that it is important to stay abreast of the current philosophies in education. "I think that teaching is part science and part art. As professionals, we need to trust ourselves to personalize, integrate, and synthesize a variety of instructional methods and subject areas into our classrooms." Writing her book Guided Listening was a way for Lisa to share a successful instructional tool with other teachers. "The concept of guided listening was created for my personal use as a way of integrating professional development around reading strategies into my existing practice of read-aloud and independent reading. There were few tools available for monitoring and assessing students' listening skills, or evaluating their independent reading."

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