Growing Independent Learners: From Literacy Standards to Stations, K-3

Product DetailsGrowing Independent Learners: From Literacy Standards to Stations, K-3
By Debbie Diller
Retail Price:  $39.00
Amazon Price: $36.00

Book Description:  Debbie Diller has revolutionized literacy instruction in countless classrooms over the years with her seminal books Literacy Work Stations, Practice with Purpose, and Spaces & Places on how to effectively use literacy work stations to engage students in critical literacy learning. In Growing Independent Learners, she provides a comprehensive guide with more than 400 full-color photos to help you plan instruction focused on literacy standards, organize your classroom for maximum benefit, and lead your students to independence through whole-group lessons, small-group focus, and partner learning at literacy stations.

The first four chapters lay the foundation with planning, organizing, and instruction that are essential for success with literacy work stations. From creating a model classroom and developing planning tools to using anchor charts, Debbie gives you creative ideas for making the most of your classroom environment to support student independence.

Later chapters focus on standards-based instruction built around key reading, writing, and foundational skills as well as speaking, listening, and language standards. Each of these chapters provides the following:  Detailed explanations of each focal standard importance and real-world application. Planning tools that include

  • Academic vocabulary, plans for whole-group instruction, and suggestions for literacy work stations
  • Complete whole-group lesson plans that you can use and modify again and again
  • Connections to help you extend the lessons into other areas of daily instruction, including independent reading time, small-group instruction, and work stations
  • Mentor texts to use during whole group, small group, or stations
  • Teaching tips that can help build skills from grade to grade. Growing Independent Learners will help you create a vibrant classroom filled with independent learners. This book will quickly become an essential resource for any teacher who believes, as Debbie does, that all children can learn to work independently in a classroom that s well organized and mindfully planned.



I have purchased many books on using work stations in classrooms, but still was not successful with small group time. After reading Diller’s books I was able to implement work stations that were not only successful, but that stemmed from whole-group lessons with connections to help the kids really “get it”.  The author does a fantastic job of coaching teachers to make learning practical and fun.  While this isn’t entirely “new” information, the author takes work stations one step further by including common standards that must be met.  This book is full of great ideas for organization, standards alignment, anchor charts, and balancing whole group, guided groups, and independent learning! It is a must for early elementary school teachers!

~Reviewed by Emily M.

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