Busy today! First thing in the morning I met the the district psychologist about a referral for a student who may have special needs. Because I work with all of the children on reading and my background as a reading specialist teachers often ask me to help with with the referral process. We had all of the data we needed to show interventions tired and stagnent student growth. The student will be tested for specific learning disabilities.
I then served what felt like a million students as they checked out books, returned books, and worked on projects before school started.
At 9:00 I had my first formal class of the day. This 3rd grade group’s teacher has been out sick for an extended time period. I worked with the children to set reading goals and then on finding fiction books.
Next came 4th graders. They are working on a long-term research project and today we worked with using Google Docs to word process and share documents. It was sooooo fun! The kids were excited and I’m excited. I LOVE teaming with their teacher so this block is always wonderful.
Next came intervention groups, 3rd grade, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. All are highly engaged in reader’s workshops. Today I had miniconferences with students. I was VERY impressed with the quality of their work.
At 1:30 I met with a new group of 4th graders. We narrowed our research topics to 3 big ideas and then reviewed how to take two-column notes. The kids can hardly wait to get started.
I ended the school day with a first grade group. I did book talks for them on popular fiction readers at the 1st grade reading level. The girls were thrilled to find the collection of “Barbie” themed books.
After school we met in PLCs. I am a team leader and got my team started with our continuing work on school culture/climate. Then I met with the first grade team to show them how to use Excel to graph their reading growth data and with the 2nd grade team to work on integrating 6-traits writing into their soon-to-begin research projects.
Last, I spent about an hour lesson-planning. Now, it’s 5:00 and I’m good and tired and good and ready to go home and read a book just for fun!