Sunday, October 28, 2012

Someone with a beard told me not apologize for not writing a single post in the past two I'm not going to. But I will tell you, I've been knee-deep in running RTI & pulling reading intervention groups...250 kids a day to be exact! Yes, I feel like a first-year teacher all over again, only I'm in bed every night by 8:30. Not joking.

One of my biggest challenges was working with a group of third and fourth grader boys who struggle with just about every aspect of reading. By this point they have given up on learning to read...I knew my approach needed to be different than their last three years of school. I was given the book, "I Hate to Read," by Rita Marshall from another co-worker and created a "time capsule" sheet to accompany the book. We spent a week of reading intervention reading books that we hate...I was able to get some very honest opinions out of these kiddos and have based my group time working on their reading "frustrations". 
"I Hate Reading" Download

We wadded up these pieces of paper and threw them in a box that we will open at the end of the year. (We wrapped this box in foil and the boys turned it in to a robot). 

I promise I will continue to add more freebies from my intervention room (and post more!) now that I finally feel like things have settled. Here is a copy of one of the graphs I've used for reading homework with my second graders. It's something I created last minute, nothing fancy.
Fluency Progress Chart Download
If you haven't already done them...Happy Report Carding and Parent Conferencing...See you soon.