Friday, October 26, 2012

Taylor Swift Webcast

Scholastic, Inc. produced a webcast this week that features Taylor Swift.  She is talking about reading and the influence reading has had on her life and songwriting.

The program uses the format of a talk show with Trey Morgan, national radio personality,  as the moderator.

The program was 'hip' and geared for middle school students.  Swift had some great advice for surviving middle school.

I loved their motto-RED which is the name of Taylor Swift's new CD.

In this program they say that RED stands for Read Every Day!

I think this correlates well to Read to Self.  We may rename our Read to Self to Read Every Day.

The 37 minute presentation is available for no cost at

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Daily 5 as a Reading Intervention

I received an interesting email from a teacher who is facing a new challenge.   The note said,

I have just accepted a position as a teacher for middle school reading intervention.  This is new to the school so I will be building the program from scratch.  As of right now they will not provide me with a specific intervention program to follow, but want me to incorporate curriculum from other classes while teaching specific reading methods.  I am at a bit of a loss as to where to start.

I have been in that same situation.  Three  years ago I was working as a literacy coach in a middle school.  The school was in the beginning stages of an RTI program.  AIMSWEB was used as a universal screener.  We knew how all the students were reading and which ones were above our benchmark.  But there was no intervention to help the struggling readers.

Kelly asked  

I was wondering if your use of Daily 5 and Cafe could be incorporated into a "homemade" intervention program.  I will be working specifically with at risk readers with specific difficulties in fluency, comprehension, etc.

My answer is yes, yes yes!

My story continues-I couldn't help myself-I said I wanted to design an intervention.  I did just that.  Our elementary schools were in the process of beginning a Daily 5 program.  Plus I had just read the The Book Whisperer.  It was a perfect storm and a longer story than I want to post right now.

 If you have specific questions about using Daily 5 for a reading intervention, I would be glad to answer them.  I've developed many materials that I use in class.  I'll share them too.