Reading Part 1 Iwona Kulpa

Key Highlights + Reflection

What does it mean to be literate? -> Summed up in a Wordle

  • being able to communicate with others
  • Expression, fluency
  • prior knowledge, using schemas, making connections
  • vocabulary building
  • speaking, writing, and reading
  • Social media, and technology in the classroom

4 Roles of a Literate Learner

Meaning Maker

  • using schemas to make their own connections when reading, writing, and speaking

Code User

  • Recognizes and uses the features and structures of written, visual and spoken texts, including alphabet, sounds in words, spelling, conventions, sentence structure, graphics and other visuals to break the code of text

Text User

  • understands that the purpose and audience help to determine the way a text is structured, the tone, formality, and the sequence of components, and uses this knowledge to speak, write and read

Text Analyser

  • texts can be critiqued and alternatives considered

  • teach students to be critical


Teaching Literacy - as a Gradual Release Model

Comprehensive Reading Program/Balanced Literacy Program

  • This starts off with teacher coaching and moves toward a gradual release of responsibility as their skill levels improve
  1. Read Aloud
  2. Shared Reading
  3. Guided Reading
  4. Literature Circles/Talks
  5. Drama/Reader’s Theatre
  6. Independent Reading

Notable Literacy Programs - Daily 5

- Daily 5 allows for student choice

- Teacher is given time to work one-on-one and in small groups

- Independence, and accountability

- Teaches responsibility

- Variation in programming

The Daily Five Alive!

Classroom strategies I will take away

  1. “Just Like Me” = Get to know you game; stand up if....e.g., you like coffee
  2. Diversegories = list of categories that people sign up for and have a discussion with e.g., shoe size, travelling, snacks, language, vacation, birthdays, etc.
  3. Established Group Norms = Big Picture, Take Action, Caring/Engaging, Structured = corners, kids break up, and and establish norms, pick top 2 and then co-create a class list.
  4. Air-traffic controller (last group standing) = teacher calls on groups to share ideas, groups check off ideas as they go to ensure all areas have been covered
  5. DOTmocracy = voting green/red dot on things you are most comfortable with
  6. Success Criteria = 1. Brainstorm, 2. Sort and categorize, 3. make and post a t-chart, 4. add, revise, refine
  7. Poetry Slam = summarizing and sharing material in a large group where kids share what they’ve read
  8. Fish Bowl = when someone is doing something good, have others observe, and take notes
  9. Rhythm clap = legs, hands, 2 snaps, say your name and someone else in the group


Google Docs? Who would've thought I'd be an expert

Books recommended by fellow classmates

***Accountable Talk***

"Whoever does the most talking, does the most learning"

  • develops critical thinking
  • focused conversation
  • on a certain topic, purposeful talk
  • students build relevance on the ideas of others
  • students can make connections to content, and have others explain a content
Sentence Starters:

"If I could build on your idea..."

"I agree with... because"

"I disagree with.... because"

"I think so and so is trying to say that..."

"This makes me think about..."

"prove it..."

  1. Four corners
  2. Think-Pair-Share
  3. Inside-outside circle
  4. Carousel brainstorm
  5. Save the last word

Every Kid Needs a Champion, Rita Pearson

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

SLOW it DOWN - TALK THING

When a student answers a question = ask a clarification question.

SLOW DOWN - and give it some clarity.


Collaborative Group - deep process that is not about compromising.

Let kids experience the learning, in order to make connections to the content or else you will have what happens in this math class video!

Kid Snippets: "Math Class" (Imagined by Kids)