Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Trading Spaces Tuesday
Hello all! Stacy is not here today. She is visiting Shanon's blog over at A Day in the Life of a Title One Teacher. She has given me free reign today! I'm Amy from Reading Is Elementary. I am a K-5 Literacy Specialist in the burbs of Chicago. Stacy and I both participated in a few blog hops late in 2013 with some other wonderful literacy specialists. We decided to switch things up today and post other blogs.
My job as a Literacy Specialist is to work with small groups, push into the classroom, and coach teachers. It's a big job, but one that I love more and more each day, even though it keeps me quite busy! The small groups that I pull are pretty consistent throughout the year. I do have students graduate from time to time, and I add new students here and there when we can make it work with scheduling.
The small groups that I see are what I call my "Tier II" students. They are getting all of their reading instruction from their teacher (Tier I or "Core"), and then a second dose of reading from me. These little kiddos need a lot of repetition and even more explicit instruction in order to gain the reading skills that they need to move them forward.
My time with them is very limited. I have 30 minutes a group. That time is even shorter when you factor picking them up from their classrooms and walking all the way to my room. I am one of the rooms that is upstairs. Even though that time is precious, I started spending the first few minutes of our group time specifically working on the individual skills that they need. For instance, I have a group of 2nd grade students who are still struggling with some of their short vowels. They read and practice that skill for the first 2 minutes of group time. This is the set of posters that I use for the students who need all short vowels.
I have other posters for the students who need just a specific short vowel. I use my simple alphabet book for my Kindergarten or 1st grade students who are learning letter sounds. I have blends, digraphs, and others. My intent is to clean them up and put them on my store (among the 15 thousand other things that I want to finish). I digress. Click the picture above to pick up your own copy of my short vowel practice posters.
I want to thank Stacy for letting me take over her blog today. I hope you were able to gain some new insights on how you think about and plan your reading instruction!
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