If you haven’t seen it yet, Maddie Witter’s new book, READING WITHOUT LIMITS, is worth checking out. Maddie was a founding teacher of KIPP Infinity Charter School, one of the top-performing middle schools in New York City. At KIPP Infinity, Maddie taught literacy and was the school’s founding director of instruction for six years, supervising teacher development and curriculum for the reading, writing, content, and nonfiction studies programs. In 2007, Maddie was honored as one of ten teachers to receive a national KIPP Excellence in Teaching prize.
The book includes lots of helpful nuts-and-bolts information about three different types of reading: choice, guided, and shared. It also comes with free Web-based resources HERE, including the Grades 5-8 KIPP Infinity Reading Scope (see “Scope of Aims” PDF), a veritable goldmine which sheds useful light on how the school enabled students to make dramatic gains in literacy.
Maddie also has her own blog, HERE.