Here is what I learned during Day 2 of the Texas Literacy Institute.
Ready, Set, Teach
Today’s session was designed for the classroom teacher. I was reminded of the importance of proper planning for a classroom that includes centers/work stations. Before beginning, presenters said, "standards should have an influence on how you setup centers in your classroom."
Everything from safety, types of centers, sinks, electrical outlets, teacher management, materials in the classroom, and furniture that cannot be moved should be considered. One great tip I learned was placement. Making sure that all of the items needed for a center should be close. For example, if you have a sink in the classroom, the art center should be close by. If not, students will trek across the classroom for clean up. More so, all the materials needed should be available in the art center. There are many minutes of time that students are robbed of when we have a disorganized classroom. There are 3 general learning areas in the
classroom that should be considered when designing your classroom. Include a place for whole group instruction, teacher lead small group instruction, and additional independent work areas (centers).
I used a free app called iPlanit to design a classroom blueprint of my perfect imaginary classroom.
Fluency: The Bridge Between
Word Recognition and Comprehension
Before this session, I vaguely remembered learning how to test a student for fluency in college, we called it a running record 11 years ago. We all participated in administering one today. I was reminded how to administer a fluency test and calculate fluency.
Independent Reader- 95%-100% accuracy
Instructional Reader- 90%-94% accuracy
Frustrational Reader- less than 90% accuracy
# of words read in 1 min - # of errors = # of words read correctly
# of words read correctly - # of words read = % accurate
The presenters spoke of the importance of modeled reading.
Reading aloud to children in an expressive, exciting way, helps engage and bring in more readers. They recommended modeling different types of reading to teach children the importance of reading with expression. Teachers and students should read like they are talking to a real person or telling their friend a story. Presenters modeled reading using the same text with robot reading, race car reading, and reading with expression to demonstrate how much easier it is to follow a story and understand. Robot reading is reading choppy with no expression in a monotone voice. Race car reading is speed reading with out stoping to acknowledge punctuation.
I would definitely want to model the different types of reading aloud to help students understand. I remember only modeling reading with expression. They were never subject to the opposite styles of reading, by me.
On a personal note, this is why I am not enjoying the current audio book I am listening to. It really does sound robotic. It’s torture!
There's an app for that!