Terrific strategy for all grade levels and across content. We've used these in teachers' meetings as well. Our kids need these opportunities to show us what they know and what they're thinking.
Carol Duffy, Lamoine's 5th grade teacher, challenges her students to mini- research exercises and asks students to use 3,2,1 for their notetaking. It matches up well with KWL before they begin the research. Neat way to encourage content reading and thinking.
A small gathering of four ELA teachers met from around the region, and wonderful conversations happened. We missed the presence of those who could not make this forum. Sally Leighton and Lyn Wilson shared terrific news about their schools' NECAPs. Their readers and writers are showing fantastic achievement gains. Time to celebrate!! Valerie Sprague and Jacquie Leighton were present and shared highlights and successes in ELA as well. Here are a few of the forum topics from the afternoon session:
Lucy Calkins and Writing Workshop.
What's ahead with assessment: 2014-2015 and the new face of local and national assessments?
What's working well?
School-wide Writing Prompt at Hancock
Better answer protocols...a major factor for test prep.
Readers' Theater...Jacquie shared her unit. These practices allow middle school readers build fluency, self-efficacy as oral readers, and work collaboratively to perform weekly theater.
Closing Reading: Sally shared her excitement for a new resource she's using to teaching close reading. We all want to start up a Book Group on this one!!