#TCRWP Reading: Takeaways Day 5

Amanda Hartman

Rev Up Your Teaching Muscles to Make Your Whole Group Instruction as Potent as Possible (Mini-lessons, Shared Reading, Read Aloud) (K-2)

Practice, practice, practice was the focus of our small group work.  Sometimes it was the role of the teacher. Other times it was the role of students.  Our workshop model provided multiple opportunities for practice in our groups with quick tips from Amanda. We always referred back to these criteria.

Powerful Whole Class Instruction for K-2 Students

  1. Clarity and Concise Language
  2. Engaging and Engaged
  3. Assess and Give Feedback
  4. Links and Skills (Strategies) to Independent and Partner/Club Work
  5. Opportunities for Oral Language Development “

 

Takeaways:

  1. “If Reading Workshop was the Olympics, I would have a gold medal in Read Alouds.”  AH
  2. “As you are reading aloud make sure that you have transferable skills for the unit that will TRANSFER to any book.  REPLICABLE!” AH
  3. “Try out a whole class conversation at the mid-point of the Read Aloud book. You do not have to wait for the end of the book!” AH
  4. I think “Think Alouds” are weird because lean and meaningful is hard! Getting students to think with you as well as help them know how and where to think is just not easy!!!
  5. Reading Workshop will follow the lead of the teacher.  There is room for engaging, fun, joyful, active, learning side by side with students!

 

Kathleen Tolan

Beyond Guided Reading: Expanding Your Repertoire of Small Group Work in Nonfiction (3-8)

Today we looked at more tools and saw a simple goal sheet for a first grader that listed 3 goals for Fiction and 3 goals for Informational texts.  Six goals for a first grader.  Six goals chosen by a first grader. Six goals written by a first grader.  Six goals. Attainable goals. Clear goals. Skills a first grader DOES need to work on.

Students at other grade levels CAN set their own goals.  Teacher expectations are critical.  Goals based on self-assessment of the progressions or some work with tools that lift the level of student writing is the right work.  The work could go more than one way.  Choices for students.  Choices for teachers. Choices!

Takeaways:

  1. Magic is coming back together – planned, taught, revised so it goes better – Now ready to go when need it again!
  2. Who is doing the work?  It needs to be the students!
  3. The job of the tool is to provide reminders so the student can do the work without an adult.
  4. A lean, clear Teaching Point makes the small group most effective.
  5. Have realistic expectations, consistent practice, and work towards multiple goals to maximize small group work.

 

Closing:

Singing

Reading

Sharing

Thanking,

The staff developers with a standing ovation

All the support staff

Special thanks to Tim and the tech support staff

Shanna, Brooke and Audra for their lead work

Kathleen Tolan for the oversight of all institutes

and then – the finale

A speech with one-liners, audience participation, singing, pictures . . . and all that jazz!

On Getting Good at Goodbye

(a found poem from Natalie Louis’s speech)

It all begins with a Hello

There is so much advice about how to begin

Goodbye is another thing.

Everything is a process

Meaning-making, problem-solving and in that order

Do note that I got to the title  – That’s a  craft move

Productive process

Everything begins with a goodbye . . . real powerful change

Need someone to “git-er” done and hold your heart

A partner can be the difference between crying alone in the corner or beginning that small group

When something is big and truly new, it is okay to approximate!

“Ish it!”

A moment of goodbye

Ready, Fire, Aim

Doing new teaching is the learning!

It takes a lot of slow to grow – I know!

We all come from places of the heart!

Getting good at goodbye . …

What are you getting good at?  

What life progressions have you studied?  

passion

Dear friends,

Any errors in reporting from #TCRWP are mine

This blog represents what I thought I heard . . .

It’s only one view of the learning

Filtered through my eyes and ears,

A fun-filled week of writing and a week of reading!

 

 

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6 responses

  1. Loved the specific…
    “I think “Think Alouds” are weird because lean and meaningful is hard! Getting students to think with you as well as help them know how and where to think is just not easy!!!”

    and
    the general reflections:

    “Doing new teaching is the learning!

    It takes a lot of slow to grow – I know!”

    So lovely learning with through your “view of the learning.”
    Thank you, Fran!

    1. You are welcome, Julieanne. In my mind, you were sitting next to me!

  2. Mary Youngblood | Reply

    Thank you for sharing your learning at TCRWP! To so many life long literacy educators, they are the best!

    Mary Youngblood
    Literacy Specialist/Coach

    1. You are welcome, Mary! The posts are just one little view into the work and learning from TCRWP! It’s so much fun to learn and grow in a very supportive community. It’s a pleasure to share with others!

  3. Carissa O'Gara | Reply

    Hi Fran! I have followed your posts these last two weeks and so appreciate your reflections about the reading and writing institutes. Thanks so much for sharing! I have attended writing institutes in this past and look forward to attending the reading institute in August. Your blog has me excited and ready! The teachers and students are lucky to have you on their team.

    1. You are welcome, Carissa. You will learn so much in August because the institute is such a wonderful learning community!

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