Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Ready or not, well not exactly

Readiness, along with interest and learning profile vary with each student depending on the skill being taught, says Carol Tomlinson. Over the next seven days, I'll be posting Tomlinson's strategies that can be applied for students with less developed readiness along with reflective questions on how that might be applied at Halecrest. Feel free to jump right in any time. :) Strategy #1
Someone to help them identify and make up gaps in their learning so they can move ahead

OK, I can hear you all crying out from the depths of primary to the heights of upper grades, "See, we've been telling you all along that we need more help." Remind me to put that on the agenda when we look at proposed budget for 05-06. Seriously! But first, how can we align the personnel resources that we now have to help students identify and make up gaps in their learning? Are our instructional assistants being used in this way? Do our current assessments give us appropriate data to know where student gaps are? I'm very encouraged by the Everyone a Reader training scheduled for April 21. The volunteers that come out of this program should be able to move children forward by addressing their reading gaps. Thanks a million to Barbara and Linda for their persistence and determination to bring this to Halecrest once again.

2 comments:

Miss Chicago said...

Thanks for the encouragement for Everyone A Reader. One way that we might fill up the holes in learning may be to work together with the child's first teacher...the parent! I talked to another first grade teacher and we thought we might have three parent nights next year. Invite all the parents at the grade level. Devote one to reading, one to math, and another to, possibly, writing. It might look something like Eldon's math night, but only one grade level. One might be a make it and take it home. Each teacher could share his/her strengths and ideas with parents on how to reinforce skills at home.

Miss Chicago said...

Thanks for the encouragement for Everyone A Reader. One way that we might fill up the holes in learning may be to work together with the child's first teacher...the parent! I talked to another first grade teacher and we thought we might have three parent nights next year. Invite all the parents at the grade level. Devote one to reading, one to math, and another to, possibly, writing. It might look something like Eldon's math night, but only one grade level. One might be a make it and take it home. Each teacher could share his/her strengths and ideas with parents on how to reinforce skills at home.