This week, we looked specifically at some tools which can be used to address comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary acquisition!
We began our session with a share-out by our colleague, Dan. He demonstrated some seriously dynamic ways to utilize Seesaw and develop student agency in the process. We were able to engage with student-directed videos demonstrating mastery of concepts, student reflections of learning moments, and tools for creating extension activities within Seesaw. Dan inspired us to think about how we might use this platform to track student growth in literacy. Thanks, Dan!
Next, Tosca and Erin demonstrated a barrier game. The amount of communication embedded within this engaging activity makes it a great resource for working with all students, not just our EAL and LS kiddos. Check out the link below to learn more about barrier games:
We then transitioned to a speed-dating style exploration of comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary interventions. Most of the highlighted activities were pulled from The Florida Center for Reading Research. The FCRR provides educators with evidence-based strategies to support learner development in the five domains of reading. Erin has incorporated the FCRR-created materials into her flexible literacy groups for years, and feels that they provide educators with a solid foundation of targeted intervention materials. Take some time to browse the link below to learn more about the FCRR:
At the end of our session, we regrouped to digest our break-out discussions and pose questions to our peers. We supported colleagues struggling with how to work flexible and targeted intervention groups into the framework of Reader's and Writer's Workshop, and with how to develop empathy for students with EAL needs. From interest-driven vocabulary journals to embedded visuals, we learned so much about the masterful pedagogy happening in our school community. Thank you to everyone who joined us this week.