Lewis Learning Log
Weekly Staff Newsletter February 22-26, 2016
Please promote Elementary College and Career Night!
We still need volunteers!
Students need to turn in their RSVP to receive a t-shirt!
Please talk it up!
Ricoh Copy Center
Saw this posted on Facebook, and couldn't resist!
Did you know...myON had this?
Parking Lot from PD Day
1. How do we find a balance? The "expectation" keeps changing.
2. How do I find time to confer with kids, pull 3 groups a day, and test reading plan kids in 30-60 minutes?
We really don't want anyone to be confused! Sometimes there seems to be a need to remind teachers of items on the instructional menu. It certainly takes a full course meal of opportunity for most students to become proficient readers. But not everything can be done every day. You just need to have a sense of urgency to get as much reading instruction accomplished in a day as possible--instruct as many students as possible each day, meeting the differentiated needs.
In 60 minutes, it IS doable to lead 3 small groups while having students involved with IR and responses. If you take some of that time (let's say 15 minutes 2x a week, or even all 60 minutes 1 day a week) and confer 1:1, that works to meet student needs.
Students on reading plans should ONLY be assessed once a week at the most.
The biggest points we really need to stress with everyone is that during this IR time:
- Teachers are still TEACHING and GUIDING students (not checking email, grading, preparing materials). There's nothing that can replace face-to-face instruction with the teacher!
- Students should be spending as much time as possible involved in real reading work with accountability.
3. How do we teach kindergarteners to actually use and do meaningful independent reading when they lack so many skills to do so?
Only the ones who are ready can do it...but they all can practice some behaviors that will lead them toward this goal. Ask yourself what are some things they CAN do, and what are the next steps for them? Get them practicing these things. Sight word reading, Reading the Pictures, Finding sounds/words within simple text, Putting together "puzzles" of words/sentences, Coding text with sticky notes to show something they find interesting, or something they know a lot about, or something they want to know more about, Making predictions. ALWAYS teach them how to do the activity you want them to do. Teach this at the small group table. Practice it several times over the course of a couple of weeks. Show them what it will look like/sound like, etc. THEN put the activity into an "independent reading" practice situation. Books such as Fountas and Pinnell's Guided Reading and Debbie Diller's Literacy Work Stations can give some great ideas.
You Guessed It...
I love a clean school!
Please report ANYTHING you notice that needs cleaning attention around the building. If we all have eyes open to see the needs, we can help create a cleaner environment!
Keep Passwords, Computers, and Files Protected
Lock your computer when you are not with it.
Never share your password, even to your best friend, and never to a substitute.
Change passwords often!
I love a clean school!
Feb. 22-23 Dental Education - see schedule across from mailboxes
Feb. 23 4th grade Arts Partners presentation PAC 9:30
Feb. 24 PLC Collaboration:
Feb. 25 Team Meetings: No More IR Without Support Book Study
Feb. 25 Jump Rope for Heart Day
Feb, 25 Fundraiser Kickoff assembly 3:00 in gym
Feb. 26 PBS Assembly 8:50
Feb. 26 Dist. Title I Meeting
Feb. 26 2nd grade Arts Partners presentation PAC 10:00
Feb. 26 5th Grade Band "try it" day
Mollie Porter is going to be a stay-at-home mom for a while. Pending BOE approval in March, a new 1st grade teacher has been selected. I will send out her email and info as soon as she gets approved.
Courtney Sisson is staying home with her twins next year. We currently have the position posted for a certified reading coach, but have not started selecting applications or interviewing yet.
Phylis Wegeng resigned her position with ESSD. But, SURPRISE! Marcie Como is going back to her 2nd grade classroom roots! (So, domino effect, we will be hiring a gifted/talented teacher)
Everyone also knows Candy Teegarden is retiring. We have not started the process of selecting applications or interviewing yet.