Jan Miller Burkins
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About Jan Miller Burkins
Dr. Jan Burkins is a full-time consultant and writer. She has served as a classroom teacher, a literacy coach, a district literacy leader, and a regional consultant for the state of Georgia. She has published 5 other books about literacy, including the groundbreaking titles, Preventing Misguided Reading (with Melody Croft) and Who’s Doing the Work? (with Kim Yaris). Her most recent work, co-authored with Kari Yates, is the Amazon Bestseller, Shifting the Balance: Bringing the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom. Jan’s work also includes speaking engagements, presentations at conferences, professional learning support for school districts, and curriculum development for schools and other agencies working to improve the literacy learning of children. With 28 years of experience in education, Jan’s favorite work is in classrooms, alongside teachers and students, where she coaches dedicated educators to support students in becoming independent and proficient readers. You can reach Jan through her site, http://www.DrJanBurkins.com .
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These days, it seems that everyone has a strong opinion about how to teach young children to read. Some may brush off the current tension as nothing more than one more round of “the reading wars.” Others may avoid the clash altogether due to the uncivilized discourse that sometimes results. Certainly, sorting the signal from the noise is no easy task.
In this leading-edge book, authors Jan Burkins and Kari Yates address this tension as a critical opportunity to look closely at the research, reevaluate current practices, and embrace new possibilities for an even stronger enactment of balanced literacy.
From phonological processing to brain research to orthographic mapping to self-teaching hypothesis, Shifting the Balance cuts through the rhetoric (and the sciencey science) to offer readers a practical guide to decision-making about beginning reading instruction. The authors honor the balanced literacy perspective while highlighting common practices to reconsider and revise—all through a lens of what’s best for the students sitting in front of us.
Across six shifts, each chapter
- identifies a common instructional practice to reconsider
- explores various misunderstandings that establish and keep that practice in play
- shares scientific research to support its reconsideration
- proposes an instructional shift to apply a new perspective, and
- details several high-leverage instructional routines to support implementation of that shift.
Now you can turn to the 50 years of collective experience of authors Jan Burkins and Melody Croft to prevent guided reading from going astray in your classroom. Jan and Melody present personal clarifications, adaptations, and supports that have helped them work through their own tricky parts as they guide readers. The book’s six chapters each clarify a misunderstanding about guided reading instruction in the following areas:
- The teacher’s role and the gradual release of responsibility
- Instructional reading level
- Text gradients
- Balanced instruction
- Integrated processing