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.
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.