Weekly Newsletter

Welcome to another week of dedication to our kids

October 17, 2016

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences: Please let me know if you need me to sit in on any conferences this year.

  • Videos: I have some videos in this newsletter for you to watch this week when you get a spare minute. I think you will like each of them, they cover topics we have talked about during our book study. One is even funny!!!

  • Nursing Home Visit: Don't forget that you can plan a nursing home visit for your class. We think this might be a good event for a Friday.

  • Clowns: 4th-6th grade teachers, please start telling your students now that we will not allow any clown costumes for Halloween parade/party.

What's happening this week?

Duties- Addis & Bowman

Monday- Website training 11:00-1:00


Wednesday- Early Dismissal 1:45

Thursday- 8-8

Friday- No school

Looking Ahead

Next book study assignment: Read Chapter two and bring a story of a student that inspired you, one that you have taught.

Carol Dweck, "Developing a Growth Mindset"

Teacher/Student Engagement

Want to increase student engagement when everyone is reading the same text? Here are some alternatives to round robin reading. (Part 2 will follow next week.)

The Crazy Professor Reading Game

Chris Biffle's Crazy Professor Reading Game video (start watching at 1:49) is more entertaining than home movies of Blue Ivy. To bring the text to life, students . . .

Read orally with hysterical enthusiasm

Reread with dramatic hand gestures

Partner up with a super-stoked question asker and answerer

Play "crazy professor" and "eager student" in a hyped-up overview of the text.

Buddy Reading

Kids practice orally reading a text in preparation for reading to an assigned buddy in an earlier grade.

Timed Repeat Readings

This activity can aid fluency, according to literacy professors Katherine Hilden and Jennifer Jones. After an instructor reads (with expression) a short text selection appropriate to students' reading level (90-95 percent accuracy), learners read the passage silently, then again loudly, quickly, and dynamically. Another kid graphs the times and errors so that children can track their growth.


With Fluency-Oriented Reading Instruction (FORI), primary students read the same section of a text many times over the course of a week. Here are the steps:

  • The teacher reads aloud while students follow along in their books.

Students echo read.

Students choral read.

Students partner read.

The text is taken home if more practice is required, and extension activities can be integrated during the week.

Success Stories

Verna has a student who had significant behavior problems last year in preschool. She is doing much better in kindergarten. She also came in not recognizing any letters. She can now name 44 out 52 letters!!