To start at the beginning of this book study with me:
- Buy the book Teaching With Intention
- Make a Book Study Journal
- Read about Chapters 1 & 2
- Read about Chapters 3 & 4
- Read about Chapters 5 & 6
- Get graduate credit here
Don't forget to make your Book Study Journal!
Chapters 7 & 8
On page 99, I underlined and wrote "WOW!" next to this quote:
"We don't attach grades to this kind of work [classroom activities, like the file folder sticky notes]; instead, we consider the implications for next steps. The time for grading comes at the end of the teaching and learning process, not during it."
This reminds me of the Touch Points from the CAFE program by the Two Sisters. When they meet and confer with students they assign a quick 1-4 rating for how well the student grasps the concept. I like this type of informal, formative assessment, but I always thought that we should take these into consideration for grades. We would look at student grades (or Touch Points) over the course of the grading period and see if the student improved or not. If the Touch Points started out as 1's and 2's, but then gradually increased to 3's and 4's, the student would receive a Meets grade. But if the Touch Points only showed a few 3's and the rest 2's, then the student would receive a Developing grade. How does your grading work? Would you take these Touch Points into consideration for your grades or only summative assessments?
Right now, I'm more about "getting through the book." I hate to say that outloud and to share it with all of you! My school is implementing a new curriculum, Wonders, and we have to teach it with fidelity. We have to do all the mini lessons and close read 2 stories a week whole group. There is just so much to get done! I feel like I can't breathe sometimes. And I feel like I can't take the time to use strategies that I know help engage students in learning and reading. I know once I get a hang of the curriculum it will get better, but right now it's just plain hard. Please help me feel like I'm not the only one here!
I am keeping it simple by using the one page reading groups planning sheet each week. I am keeping it simple by doing Daily 5 centers where I don't have to change much each week. I am keeping it simple by teaching buddy reading routines that we can use with our literature anthology stories each week. We don't do a reading workshop structure, because I have so much to teach whole group from the basal, but I do want to add a sharing time to our schedule. Research shows that kids learn best by teaching a concept to someone else. I think it will be worth it to make time for this important activity.
I currently teach a whole group lesson from my mandatory basal, then meet with 2 guided reading groups a day. In the afternoon, we have Read to Self time while I meet with my intervention group. If I cut my intervention group shorter by just 5 minutes, I should have time to do a quick conference with at least 2 students a day.
The Two Sisters call a simple conference a "Dip and Tip" They "dip" in next to a student to listen to them read. They compliment them on something they are doing well and then give them a "tip" for how to improve. This goes along with what Debbie does, too, but she takes it a step further by having the student articulate the new learning, both for themselves and for others while they share. Bringing in the sharing aspect of the reader's workshop is something that I don't currently do, but I want to add it into our day.
Now it's your turn! What did you think about this chapter? Just chime in on the comments!