On Solid Ground: Strategies For Teaching Reading K¿3 by Sharon TaberskiOn Solid Ground: Strategies For Teaching Reading K¿3 by Sharon Taberski

On Solid Ground: Strategies For Teaching Reading K¿3

bySharon Taberski

Paperback | March 7, 2000

Pricing and Purchase Info

$43.87 online 
$48.18 list price save 8%
Earn 219 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Grades K-3


Enter Sharon Taberski’s classroom and enter a world where children take pride, take risks, and most of all, take reading seriously. It’s not utopia by any means; Sharon deals with the same issues other teachers face: limited resources, tremendous diversity, and the constant threat of overcrowding. What makes her exceptional is her clear vision. She is systematic in her thinking, wise in her decision making. Most of all, she understands her role as a teacher and goals for each student. This is why Sharon is on solid ground.

In her book, Sharon shares what she’s gained in her twenty years of working with children and teachers. It’s organized not around a set of prescribed skills, but around a series of interconnected interactions with the learner:

  • Assessment: Sharon begins by describing her procedures for assessing children’s reading and then using what she finds to inform her work. She covers scheduling and managing reading conferences, taking oral-reading records, and using retellings and discussions as tools.
  • Demonstration: Once she has identified strengths and needs, Sharon demonstrates strategies to help her students become better readers. In this section, she explains how she uses shared reading and read aloud as platforms for figuring out words and comprehending texts, and explores small-group work–guided reading and word-study groups–and teaching children one on one.
  • Practice: Here, Sharon describes how she uses independent reading as a time for practice, spelling out the very active roles she and her students play. She also devotes a complete chapter to matching children with books for independent reading.
  • Response: It’s important for students to know they’re doing well and where they must concentrate their efforts. Sharon explains how her students use writing and dialogue as tools to better understanding themselves as readers.
  • On Solid Ground is informed by current thinking, yet loaded with advice, booklists, ready-to-use reproducibles, and–of course–the words and work of real children. Sharon’s approach is clear, sensible, timeless. You’ll turn to her book throughout your career.

Title:On Solid Ground: Strategies For Teaching Reading K¿3Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.5 inPublished:March 7, 2000Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0325002274

ISBN - 13:9780325002279

Look for similar items by category:


Rated 5 out of 5 by from On Solid Ground This is a great book for any beginning teacher. Gives a lot of tips and strategies to try in the classroom. Matches great books with readers.
Date published: 2001-05-14

Table of Contents

    I. Understanding Our Role and Goals
    1. From Where Are You Thinking?
    2. Defining Your Goals
    3. Creating a Purposeful Environment and Daily Schedule

    II. Assessing Children to Determine Their Strengths and Needs
    4. Reading Conferences: Creating a Context for Assessment
    5. Taking Records of Children's Oral Reading
    6. Retellings and Reading Discussions

    III. Demonstrating Strategies: Whole Class, Small Group, One-on-One
    7. Read Aloud and Shared Reading: Demonstrating Strategies in Whole-Class Settings
    8. Guided Reading: Demonstrating Strategies in Small-Group Settings
    9. Word Study Groups: Analyzing Words for Their Phonetic, Structural, and Morphemic Features
    10. Teaching Reading Strategies One-on-One

    IV. Offering Children Opportunities for Practice and Response
    11. Matching Children with Books for Independent Reading
    12. Independent Reading: A Time for Practice
    13. A Time for Response

Editorial Reviews

?Sharon is the consummate teacher across the hall, willing to share her best practice, her materials, her management, and most of all, the wisdom she has acquired from years of devotion and study.?-Shelley Harwayne