Friday, October 14, 2011
Once again we are seeing good gains in our students. We use an RTI approach with the AIMSWEB as our universal screener. The scores on this test help us pick students to take an intensive 3-6 week reading intervention.
I will be sharing the scores and the gains we saw in the upcoming week.
Anyone else out there using Daily 5 format in a middle school.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Reading Essentials Class -Year End Report
Reading Essentials Class –January 4 – May 27
5 days a week
7th Grade- 10:21 – 11:01
8th Grade- 11:25 – 12:05
6th Grade-11:55 – 12:35
During the semester, I saw a total of 32 students for various amounts of time.
6th Grade-9 students
7th Grade- 14 students
8th grade-9 students
The 40 minute class session was divided into Reading Block and Lesson Block. I started out with a smaller reading block and worked to build the students’ stamina for silent reading. I started at 3 minutes as suggested by the Daily Five but within 3 days we were up to 20 minutes of reading without interruptions. I taught the Read to Self as suggested by the Daily Five book and the students responded to it positively very quickly.
The plan was to gradually introduce other aspects of the Daily Five program such as Read to Someone and Listen to Reading. I did introduce Read to Someone but did not continue with it because of several factors. I found that the students did not focus with Read to Someone. They viewed it as a social time. This may be connected to the middle school mind developmentally but I think it was also an outgrowth of the type of students I had. These students all struggled with reading so it may have been uncomfortable for them to read in front of a peer. Several students continued to ask for Read to Someone throughout the semester. It may be worth thinking about for the future with more stringent guidelines put in place.
Once the Reading Block was functioning smoothly, we settled into a routine with a consistent Lesson Block for twenty minutes daily. I had originally planned to conduct small group instruction sessions during this time but my testing showed that all students were having difficulty with decoding multisyllabic words. I used the Qualitative Reading Inventory to assess their decoding skills with single words and all students were below to significantly below grade level in this area. So our lesson time was always done in whole group.
We covered the following topics during Lesson Block time.
· Good fit book (choosing appropriate reading material)
· Word Identification Strategy (Strategic Instruction Model Learning Strategy)
· Prefix & Suffix identification and meanings
o part of DISSECT but we went in more depth and worked on word meaning
o We also incorporated work on this in game time
· Fluency instruction & practice
· Game day-Each Thursday Chris Navis had game day during the Lesson Block
· Review of Visual Imagery Strategy
Assessment was the basis for all instructional decisions made in Reading Essentials. AIMSWEB data was used for initial placement in Reading Essentials. Teacher and parent input was also used to determine the students who would benefit the most from this intervention.
Once students began the class, I did additional assessment to pinpoint the cause of the difficulty they were experiencing in reading. I expected to see a mix of decoding and comprehension difficulties. This was not the case. Possibly because I chose the very lowest readers from each grade, there was a commonality in all their reading assessments.
As each lesson was presented, students were assessed to ensure mastery.
AIMSWEB progress monitoring was used for assessments of progress.
Friday, February 25, 2011
I am using easycbm.com with all my classes today as 'field testing' it for several days. My field test including paying my grandchildren $1 for each test they took for me. I wanted to see how close the tests were to their actual grade level. I also wanted to know what kinds of data I could get for them. I am very impressed so far.
Have any of you tried easycbm.com? I'd love to hear from you.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
1. read the words 2. read the pictures 3. retell the story to someone
After Mrs. Leep's lesson on three ways to read a book, I took the 6th graders on step further. I let each of them pick a picture out of their reading material in their tubs. Most of them had magazines with lots of pictures. They were to show their picture to the class using the document camera. The class had to guess what the picture was showing. Then the student read the caption to the class and they compared how close they were with their guesses.
This gave the students additional practice on reading & looking at the captions plus it was fun to compare the guesses with the actual caption. Sometimes they weren't even close.
If you are wondering why I used this lesson for middle school, you might want to read this entry from the Daily Cafe web site-thedailycafe.com. Why would I teach 3 Ways to Read a Book when so many of them are reading chapter books?
Monday, February 7, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
But she was here this morning when I arrived and we hit the ground running. For our first day, we had to go to existing classes and pick up our students, bring them to our new classroom and begin our Daily 5 life together.
Our classes are called Reading Essentials-6, Reading Essentials-7 and Reading Essentials -8. You can read about the class at our website at www.readingessentials.weebly.com.
The students were willing to listen to my beliefs that we could take a journey together to improve their reading. They listened somewhat skeptically as they shared their outside interests. With each student, I asked if they had to practice to get better at what they liked to do. "Do you have to practice horseback riding to get better?" Of course the answer is "Yes!"
It is the same with reading. You must read to get better.
Tomorrow is the introduction of Read to Self. We'll see how long middle schoolers can sustain their stamina. We will probably start with 3 minutes just like the Sisters recommend.