August 28, 2013
The Balanced Literacy Crash Course gave a brief overview of the following components of Balanced Literacy: Interactive Read Aloud, Shared Reading, and Small Group Structures. Teachers also had an opportunity to watch short video clips (embedded in powerpoint) of Rowland USD teachers demonstrating an Interactive Read Aloud and a Shared Reading lesson.
Below is the Balanced Literacy Crash Course Powerpoint.
Here is the Growing Educators Participant Packet.
November 21, 2013
Refresher #1 focused on the importance of explicit, direct instruction around phonics and word work with engaging guided practice through word sorting. We explored Donald Bear's Words Their Way as a supplemental extension for a word study block.
Below is the Word Work Powerpoint Presentation.
Here are the directions for the various types of sorts.
Here are word sort posters created by Amy Oliver (1st grade teacher) at Ybarra Academy.
Here are electronic versions of Donald Bear's Word Sorts.
Here are the directions and template for assessing students' spelling.
January 30, 2014
Refresher #2 focused on Guided Reading as an essential component of an effective reading program. We explored the purpose for guided reading to support students in "live coaching" of reading strategies at their zone of proximal development. We discussed the importance of keeping students engaged in meaningful tasks such as independent reading with accountability and literacy centers while the teacher meets with the guided reading group.
Below is the Guided Reading Powerpoint Presentation.
Here is an article about Guided Reading by Fountas and Pinnell.
Here is sample lessons for students at Fountas and Pinnell reading levels A-N, shared by Irvette Martinez (1st grade teacher) at Yorbita Elementary School.
Here is a reading level correlation chart (DRA, Accelerated Reader, Fountas and Pinnell).
Here are the Tricky Word Posters to teach students how to address tricky words.
Here are tools for assessing your students' reading behaviors.
February 20, 2014
Refresher #3 focused on the use of ongoing formative assessments (STAR Early Literacy, running records) to pull small groups for strategy lessons. We explored the difference between a skill and a strategy, the structure of a strategy lesson, and possible mini-lesson ideas. To the right, is a picture of Kathy Anacleto (1st grade teacher) at Yorbita Elementary School teaching a small group of students who needed support with consonant blends. Students are actively engaged in the strategy lesson and the teacher is able to check for understanding through the use of whiteboards.
Below is the Strategy Lesson Powerpoint.
March 5, 2014
Refresher #4 focused on the Reading Workshop. We explored the structure of the reading workshop, the parts of a mini-lesson, the teacher's role as a researcher of students' reading behaviors, and the students' role as an active and accountable participant.
Below is the Reading Workshop Powerpoint Presentation.
Here is a video link to Reading Workshop in one teacher's classroom.
Scholastic Reading Workshop
Below are the Lucy Calkins Curricular Plans from Teacher's College for grades K-5.
May 15, 2014
Refresher #5 focused on the Common Core standards and the implications for practice in Balanced Literacy. We reviewed the CCSS ELA shifts and how they are incorporated into Interactive Read Alouds, Shared Reading, and Small Group Structures such as Guided Reading and Strategy Lessons.
Below is a Balanced Literacy and Common Core Powerpoint Presentation.