Sunday, May 18, 2014

Virginia is for (blog) Lovers!

Welcome to Virginia!

Didn't Andrea do an awesome job!

Virginia Bloggers Appreciate Y-O-U!!

A lovely group of Virginia bloggers would like to show our appreciation of you by extending a bit of southern hospitality.  You can follow along the blog hop to visit 20+ Virginia teacher blogs for terrific teaching tips and fun freebies to help get through the last couple of weeks before summer break.

This year, I've really focused on my children setting goals in reading.  My district uses Fountas and Pinnell reading levels to determine whether a child is below, on, or above grade level.  For my 2nd graders, at the beginning of the year, to be on-level, they have to be on a GRL of J and each month, they progress (hopefully!) and by the end of May/June, they should be on a GRL N.  

To help keep my students accountable during their IDR reading times, I created sticky notes that help remind them of their independent reading goals.  You can see that post (and grab the freebie from there, too!)  here!

During Guided Reading groups, I also have goals for them as well- mainly on fluency and what GRL to be on by the end of the month.  Depending on what GRL they are on depends on their goal.  I allow the students to "come" up with their goal, but there is a lot (wink!) of teacher guidance as they set their group goals.  

As they read daily, I have them daily (most days) reflect on what they read and share with a partner after to discuss briefly (very brief, 2-3 minutes...).  Since I can't get to every one, every day, I came up with this reflection log.

Students can bring this when I conference with them and we can discuss goals, progress, etc.  Makes for a very quick and convenient glimpse into what they read daily.  Takes lots of modeling, but well worth it.  Click on the link above to get your copy!

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  1. What a great resource. Thanks for joining the hop!

    Shifting Teacher K-2

  2. I love the idea of a reading reflection! Thank you for sharing!

    Mrs O Knows

  3. Great way for the kids to reflect on their reading.

    Hanging Out in First!

  4. I love this! Nice to see some other Virginia bloggers as well! :)

  5. I love the chart you shared. I have been looking for an alphabetic pacing guide, and I'm so glad you shared it. This will help explain F and P to my parents and help them understand their student's progress better.

  6. Such a great way to help students and parents understand where their students are as readers. I love the reading response too. So simple but effective!

    So glad you are part of this blog hop!

    Reading Toward the Stars

  7. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this!
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