Sunday, May 1, 2011

May

Introducing New Content with Seed Discussions-

Grades 5-12

As we discussed in some of our professional development sessions, strategies done before reading are most useful for students' reading comprehension.

Often times, introducing new content or new concepts can be overwhelming for students and teachers alike. Through the use of Seed Discussions, students are able to preview the new content or concepts for things that they can relate to. They seek out information that looks familiar to them, things they don’t quite understand, and things that look interesting to them, including new vocabulary. Seed Discussions allow students to identify and develop topics important to their own thinking. (from ReadWriteThink.org)

See this lesson, and related handout for how to do a Seed Discussion with your students.


Research:

Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters: A KIDS COUNT Special Report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Children who read on grade level by the end of third grade are more successful in school, work, and in life. This KIDS COUNT special report affirms a commitment by the Casey Foundation to help ensure that all students are proficient in reading by the end of third grade and help narrow the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children.

Click on the title above to download and read the entire report.


The next Reading Street Professional Development- Grades k-6

May 24th, 2011 4:15-5:15 MacDonald Middle School.

Topics:

Technology options of Reading Street: Leveled reader database, lesson planner

Assessment in Reading Street

Materials : Teacher Editions, First Stop Manuals, Fresh Reads for Differentiated Test Practice, Baseline Assessments, Assessment Handbooks and Weekly Tests.

** Materials are still being sorted and will come to you as soon as possible.


Sharing our Professional Development Experiences- K-12

As you can see from my last post, some teachers attended MRA and are sharing information here. If you attended a professional development session outside the district and would like to share anything, please let me know, or "comment" on the MRA post to share your own sites and materials.