As part of my district's TIME (Teacher Initiated Meaningful Engagement) Day, I read the article Addressing Unintended Instructional Messages About Repeated Reading by Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey which was featured in the 2018 Jan/Feb issue of The Reading Teacher.
In the article, Fisher and Frey begin by sharing what educators are doing to discourage rereading and repeated reading. They then discuss four things educators should do to foster rereading:
Reading this article allowed me to reflect on my journey as an educator, the literacy practices I've seen (and a few I employed when I first entered the profession), and what I can do to make sure we are implementing instructional practices that convey why reading (and literacy as a whole) are critical skills.
My favorite quote came at the end of the article:
"Our charge as educators is to apprentice students into the reading world. That means we must ensure that our words and actions provide that invitation every day."
What are you doing to meet this charge?
This year, my building is renewing our focus on PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support), and in addition to individual tickets and incentives, we are adding in a classroom component through classroom tickets. I created the design below, which will be printed and made into notepads, for teachers and staff to hand out when the see an entire classroom demonstrating the RAMS Way (Respectful, Always Responsible, Manners, and Safety). I look forward to seeing the tickets be incorporated into our PBIS practices and through my capacity as an Instructional Coach, to continue to support teaching and learning.
I've been creating Breakout Edu's over different novels and this one is tied to the book Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs. Let me know if you would like a copy of this Breakout, or any of the other ones I've created.
Literacy Breakout Edu over Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs.
Game Name: Will Henry Jr. go Belly Up?
Game Designer: Stephanie Laird @LairdLearning, LairdLearning.com
Content Areas: Reading
Recommended Ages: 3rd-6th grade
Ideal Group Size: Whole Class
Suggested Time: 45 minutes
Henry Hippo Junior is the new star of FunJungle and Teddy Fitzroy promised Summer he would keep an eye on Hippo River. Last night, Teddy received a text from Summer telling him she overheard her dad talking to Large Marge on the phone, discussing how the new koala is missing and they're worried the baby hippo may be next! Teddy needs your help to track down Doc, solve the mystery, and prevent anything from happening to Henry Jr.! You have 45 minutes to solve the clues, so work together. Your time starts now!
CCSS: RL.1, RL.2, RL.3