Most of our morning was a discussion on partnerships and what it looks like when they are effective in the classroom. We thought about what a rubric might look like if we were to grade ourselves. Here are some of our thoughts....
Stage 1: Getting Started
- Struggling with scheduling/conflicts with pull-out programs
- Experimenting with ways to pair partners
- Planning mini-lessons to build routine
- Fitting it in when it's planned (sometimes gets skipped when running behind)
- Experimenting with book clubs
- Ability-based partners (winthin a level of eachother)
- Teacher is goal-setting
- Meets 4 times per week together
- Teacher confers with groups 2-3 times per week
- Students know the expectations and are on task (intentinal about work)
- Reading together
- Teachers regulates behavior
- Assesses partnership skills only
- Promotes talk
- Students are goal-setting
- Teacher is maximizing conferring opportunities
- Ability-based with flexibility (may divert into interest groups)
- Meaningful conversations
- Students montitor behavior, self-regulated
- Assess skills of the conversation and the quality of thinking & speaking
- Partners push eachothers' thinking
- Meets 5 times per week together
I also shared what my school has begun using to help support readers in the moment (without advance warning of what the student is working on as a read). My co-workers compiles some skills that need to be taught at each level in order to move up in difficulty. The teaching points were all based on one of my go-to books:
Another edition comes in a K-8 format. The PreK-2 book above goes up to a F&P readinging level N (I think... the book is at school!). The team created labels for word work and reading skills. I put the labels in a 4X6 binder on index cards. Some teachers put them on a page in their reading notes or assessment binder.
I will also add some of my own notes as I work with it more. I've been using this during conferring for a few months and it is a LIFE SAVER when you draw a blank for a teaching point (not that YOU ever do!). Unfortunately, I can't share because it was created by my school (really F&P) and I don't want a law suit on my hands. I've got other things to do right now : )
In addition to my anchor books and my
Sure, this is awesome and everything but..... I ordered a cute new bag to carry it in, along with pens, sticky notes, and other "readerly" things. I love me some bags!
|This product is not available in the Fall 2012 Catalog, but you can check out other cute bag options HERE.|
Happy conferring, friends!