TDS January Newsletter
Snow and Cold...Brrr!!!
Strategy Group Reading (One Piece of the Balanced Literacy Puzzle)
Strategy Group Reading is especially effective for:
- helping students develop more skill in using a particular reading strategy
- re-teaching with students who need extra support
Strategy Group Reading is especially effective when:
- it's short and sweet - approximately 15-20 minutes
- readers get an opportunity to apply the skill/strategy in their own, independent reading
- they meet consistently for a few days to build on specific teaching points… think of this like a teaching “cycle”
What does it look like?
- Readers may be using a shared text for the mini-lesson OR Readers may be using their independent texts for the mini-lesson
- Each Reader has a text in their hands
- Teacher connects today’s learning to previous learning
- Teacher clearly states the teaching point
- Teacher models the teaching point in their own/shared text or with a student’s text
- Students try the skill/strategy while teacher observes, scaffolds, guides
- Teacher might then make a second teaching point based on observations
- Students go off and practice skill/strategy in their own independent reading
Strategy: Attacking Tricky Words (all students can work on these skills, no matter what book they bring to the small group table...)
Upcoming Professional Development
Please note: The Units of Study PD that was scheduled for Tuesday, January 14th after school at CRE has be Canceled!
- January 16- REACH ELA Mapping Committee from 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm @ CO
- January 17- District Professional Development 1/2 Day
- January 21- District Kindergarten Math Book Study from 4:15-5:15 @ CRE
- January 23- REACH ELA Mapping Committee from 4:15-5:45 @ CO
- January 28- Math Curriculum Mapping from 4:14-5:45 @ CO
Because of numerous meetings in January, my schedule will be very flexible. Please email me if you'd like my support with anything. Have a fantastic 2014!