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Phone: 622-0431 x24280


KINDERGARTEN: Students learned how to "read like detectives" during my Close Read lesson using the fun story,  Edward the Emu!  At the end of the lesson, students had an opportunity to discuss the message of the story.

FIRST GRADE:  Students had a fun time learning about the "H Brothers".  My lesson took an abstract concept (digraphs) and made it concrete.  Students learned a story about the "H Brothers", as I dressed up in costume to act out what sound each "H Brother" captures.  Students then practiced reading text with the four digraphs that they learned.

SECOND GRADE:  I've had the chance to visit classrooms to see our new reading program in action!  Children are soaking up the robust vocabulary and are learning great strategies for tackling complex text.

THIRD GRADE:  To prepare students for their Native American Research Project, I taught two back to back lessons in third grade.  Students first learned how to identify the subject of a passage and how to collect and record key facts.  During my second lesson, I modeled how to use several texts to record key facts.  Students became more familiar with an index and table of contents.  They also learned how to cite sources that they use.

FOURTH GRADE:  As students were finishing up their unit on weather, I did a Close Read lesson using the book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.  The kids learn a fun fact at the end of the book...William, the boy from Malawi, Africa, actually attended Dartmouth College a few years ago!  

I've had a lot of fun getting into some of the classrooms this month!  In Kindergarten, I introduced Story Elements to students as I read the story, The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big, Hungry Bear.  Students learned that as we created the "story puzzle" together, the message of the story became more clear.

In second, third and fourth grade, I went into classrooms to model  "close reading" lessons.  Students are learning how to direct their attention on the text itself to uncover the many layers of meaning within the text.
In second grade, we read The Wednesday Surprise.  This book connected to the unit that they are studying in their Wonders Reading Program.

In third grade, I modeled a lesson using the text Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back.  This Native American legend was a nice introduction to students' Native American Unit.
In fourth grade, my close read lesson connected to our Ellis Island Unit.  A Picnic in October was not only a text where students were able to extract layers of meaning, but it also had very powerful illustrations that supported a deeper understanding of the text.

READING SUPPORT in October:  Students receiving support services have settled in nicely with their reading support teacher and with their reading group. I will be meeting with first grade teachers this week to determine students who would benefit from continued support.  Formal permission slips for recommended first graders will be sent home during conference time.

TITLE 1 MATH in October:  Thank you to parents who were able to attend our Title 1 Math information night.  Services are now in full swing and the Title 1 teachers are busy providing targeted instruction to students who benefit from extra practice with math skills and concepts.   

Welcome to my web page!  First, I'd love to tell you a bit about myself and what my role is at PWS.  As the PWS Reading Specialist, my responsibilities include:
-working with classroom teachers and special education teachers to ensure best practices in reading
-overseeing the Reading Support and Title 1 programs
-meeting weekly with all reading support teachers to discuss programming for students in our building who benefit from extra opportunities to practice reading skills and concepts
-modeling whole-class lessons and assisting with reading groups. 

September was a busy month!  All students in grades K-3 as well as students receiving support in grade 4 have been screened using the DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills).  These quick fluency "check-ins" are one of many measures used to help us track students' growth in the area of reading and to determine which children could benefit from extra supports. 

Reading Support services are now in full swing! We are fortunate to have a dynamic group of teachers working with small groups to provide direct, supplemental reading instruction to children who benefit from extra opportunities to practice.  

Additionally, our wonderful Title 1 Math teachers have begun collecting data on students in grades 3 and 4 to determine who will benefit from small group math instruction.