Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Making inferences mini lessons

So, my job this year is to provide targeted interventions to students who are partially proficient.  Good times.  I have oodles and oodles of assessment data,  my daily observations of the little rugrats precious children, and of course my overwhelming conclusion after I've synthesized (holla Strategies that Work) all this information is that the students need scaffolding in making inferences.  So after looking at professional literature and resources online, I decided that I wanted to create something break down the process which will hopefully allow students to be more metacognitive about inferring.  I would confer with students, and they would tell me that they didn't understand what they read but it didn't phase them one bit that they didn't understand.  They were not interacting with the text at all!!  Arghh!!  My goal is to eventually have the light bulb go off in their heads when there is a lack of or minimal understanding and then GO BACK to the text to make more meaning of it.  Well, here is a sneak preview of these posters.  If you're interested make sure to visit my store.  If you have feedback, let me know!!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

It's beginning to feel a lot like...

things are hectic.  And crazy.  And the kids want to go on break.  And the teachers NEED to go on break.  However, let's reflect on the fun things that happen this time of year.  First, I *love* making cards for parents/guardians.  This activity is so simple, yet so significant, combining the academic element of how to write a letter as well as the character development aspect, an opportunity for the students to express an appreciation for their parents.  One of my wonderful colleagues showed me this idea of creating a present out of the card.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Math resources galore!!

Switching grade levels is frustrating.  Switching positions AND grade levels is just insane.  Just a little.  It also doesn't help your blogging skills.  Well, anyway, my job is to provide intervention in literacy and math in the upper elementary grades.  In my humble opinion, there are approximately a bazillion (read:  too many to count) resources, programs, and books that talk about literacy intervention.  Because there is a lack of resources for math, it's become my mission as of late to discover these resources that provide some insight about strategies and approaches to reach struggling learners as well as possible resources for parents.  I know there are a few good books on math intervention strategies; however time and money are not on my side, so my best friend Google and I have sifted through many search result pages, and I've created a list of blogs and websites that look promising.  If you know of more resources, please, please share them.