On this week's Teacher's Corner Podcast, we talk to educators, Gravity Goldberg and Renée Houser about how to use their newest resource to conduct one-on-one reading conferences with confidence.
The following is the foreword written by Barry Lane for the new book Writing, Redefined by Shawna Coppola.
Watch this free webinar from the authors of The CAFE Book, Expanded Second Edition, Gail Boushey and Allison Behne and find out how to use The CAFE System to teach responsively using their system of assessment and instruction.
By Gravity Goldberg and Renee Houser
Everyone, no matter their profession or hobby, benefits from tools. Carpenters certainly need them, but so do yoga instructors, painters, chefs, and us teachers. We’ve realized that conferring just doesn’t work when we sit down with students empty handed. We end up talking to students aimlessly and leave them wondering, “Did I make an impact?” Educator Judy Wallis taught us that you are not teaching reading if you don’t have a book in your hand. We can’t really confer with readers in ways that elevate their thinking, talking, and engagement if we don’t have a few key tools at our fingertips.
Katie Egan Cunningham is interested in helping teachers make happiness a priority in their classrooms, so she put together these handy conversation prompts to use with your students. By using these conversation starters, you're showing your students that you're interested in getting to know them as the individuals they are, which will not only help your instruction, but it will create a classroom culture of kindness.
It’s independent reading time. The perfect opportunity to sit down with your students, face-to-face and have a great discussion about their reading that will inform your next teaching moves. You have your notebook ready. You sit down next to the first student on your list and ask, “So what are you thinking about this book?” Shrug. “I don’t know. I like it?” Silence. Now what? Not sure? Kari Yates and Christina Nosek can help.
I believe what happens in the first weeks of the school year determines how well one’s entire school year will go. Planning classroom routines in advance of the first day of school allows all members of the classroom community to have their social and/or emotional needs met so you can meet students’ academic needs all year long.
You’ve assessed your students. Now what? Did your assessments go into folders for use at conferences with parents? Did you enter the data into an online database? Or did you take those assessments and use them to inform your instruction? Formative assessment is an important goal but it can be daunting to implement if you don’t have a system in place.
We recently sat down to talk with Katie Egan Cunningham about her new book coming in September, Start with Joy. Find out why she wrote it and how it can help you bring joy into your literacy instruction.