May 13, 2016
Summer Reading Program
As you may recall from a previous Friday Focus, there are actions educators can take to help reduce "summer slide" (when students fall behind in their reading achievement from spring to fall):
- Provide ample time for students to read independently daily.
- Acknowledge graphic novels, pop culture texts, and magazines as real texts.
- Allow students to read beyond their "level" if motivated by the book.
- Teach authentic habits of real readers, such as abandoning books if we lose interest.
- Partner with community organizations (i.e. public library) to help students stay active as readers during the summer.
- Leverage digital tools, such as blogging, for students to post and share about their reading lives with peers.
One change to this year's efforts is we will be encouraging students to check out as many nonfiction texts as fiction texts. More information will be located on a letter placed in each bag.
Have a nice weekend,
Know Your Howe Staff
- her husband is a race car driver?
- her children attend WRPS schools (Washington, East)?
- she enjoys spending time with her two dogs at home?
Reminder: EE Meetings
Also, now is a good time to start tagging your instructional walks I have provided via paper and email. Use the Danielson Framework for Teaching, Domains 2 and 3, for this process. Below is the video I shared last week about how you might approach this reflective task.