February 2, 2015
Today I am
talking with Laura Robb. She is a teacher, speaker, author, and coach.
taught for over 43 years and continues to teach each year in middle grades
published 18 books primarily focused on reading, writing, and comprehension.
often find her speaking across the country and working with classroom teachers
to learn how to address the needs of kids in reading, writing and text
concerned about teachers who are “stressed out” with attempts to measure
classroom success by using standardized, high stakes tests. The money and time
that is spent on these tests could be better spent on training teachers to use
better instructional practices.
“One of the joys of teaching is that every child is unique.”
Our talk is
primarily focused on one of her most recent works, “Vocabulary is
Comprehension: Getting to the Root of Text Complexity”.
This work is
filled with understandable lessons on how to connect vocabulary building and
development with complex text comprehension.
could easily take this book read sections and immediately begin to use its
lessons in her plans for the week.
instructional works are cumbersome with their own language and information. The
teacher would need a translator first before even getting close to thinking
about using the information…not this book! It is easy to understand and use!
Take a look
at her Big 10 and then turn to any of the lessons associated with them and you
will be able to start making a difference in a child’s understanding of the
text and content.
encourage you to take this information to heart and to use her book to help
change your lessons to help the kids “get it!”
By the way…also,
check out her foundation. She and
her son are focused on getting books into the hands of children with none.