What's Going on at School?

Graettinger-Terril Elementary

Communicating and Displaying Your Standards and Objectives

I hope that you understand the importance of communicating and displaying the standards, objectives, goals, etc...for your lesson is important for student performance. Students understand what the purpose for learning the objective and make the connection to their life and learning. I have seen some great displays of I Can statements and objectives in the building. Check out these examples!

Balanced Literacy in Action

Guided Reading has taken off in the Graettinger-Terril Elementary. I am so proud of the patience and practice that our teachers have shown in making their classrooms work to fit the student needs. I have observed word work, writing, fluency practice, comprehension strategies, and teachers guiding students through books.

Fourth and Fifth Grade Literacy Time

The fourth and fifth-grade students are divided into several groups to meet their needs. The students have work organized in three-ring binders and a list of must-do's and can-do's that they work on at individual work time. In the picture to the right, Mrs. Klepper works with a book about Thurgood Marshall and prefixes.

What is Shared Reading?

The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading book explains that teachers should select a grade-level text that supports the grade-level common core standards. Students should have a copy of a text or display the book so all can see the text on the SMART board. The purpose of shared reading is to teach skills and strategies. It also supports developing readers and models fluency. How do you incorporate shared reading in your classroom?

Kindergarten and First Grade Establish the Foundation of Reading

The progress that our kindergarten and first-grade students make in understanding letters, letter sounds, and the features of texts are the basis for the rest of the building. The classroom is differentiated to allow students to grow at their pace with interventions to meet needs.
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