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 & BowmanMonday- Website training 11:00-1:00
Wednesday- Early Dismissal 1:45
Friday- No school
Next book study assignment: Read Chapter two and bring a story of a student that inspired you, one that you have taught.
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.
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.