Topic outline

  • General

    My Schedule

    Waverly Park
    Marion Street
    West End
    Marion Street
    Kindergarten Center
    West End

  • Topic 1

    Reading Block

    With a year under out belt, we now have a better picture of the reading block.  We have many resources for whole group and small group instruction, as well as center work.  The 80 minute block consists of a 20 minute whole class lesson and three 20 minute rotating sessions consisting of small group instruction and center/independent work.  Tier 2 children should be scheduled at two teaching tables during the rotating sessions.

    Here is a list of resources to help us implement The Reading Block.

    Whole Group

    Small Group

    Center / Independent Work

    Units of Study (3-5)

    IRA (K-5)

    Comprehension Toolkit (1-5)

    Text Talk (K-3)

    Book room

    Reading a-z

    Primary Phonics (K-2)

    High Noon Decodable Text (3 & 4)

    Lessons in Literacy (4-5)

    Listening center

    Computer center

    Independent Reading

    Readers' response

    Test prep

  • Topic 2

    Literacy Center Tips
    adapted from the Austin School District

    Explicitly introduce literacy centers one at a time. The initial goal is to establish procedural systems for working in centers. Remember, students need to have an opportunity to practice rotating between centers as well as exploring them.

    For each center:
    1. Explain materials and activity.
    2. Model the center activity.
    3. Have a student model the "correct" way and then another student model the "incorrect" way.
    4. Provide clear expectations and procedures using an "I can" chart.
    5. Provide guided practice.
    6. Provide time for students to practice independently.
    7. To reinforce successful center experiences for all students, provide time for students to share and self-reflect using the "I Can".
    8. Establish and practice a noise level system and attention signal.
    9. Establish and practice procedure for "What to do if you have a question/problem"
    10. Establish and practice the rotation system.
    Things to Consider:
    1. How will center materials be organized?
    2. How will children know where to go?
    3. How will students rotate efficiently?
    4. How many children will be in each center?
    5. What materials will keep students engaged independently?
    6. How long will children stay at the center?
    Guiding Questions To Revisit and Revise As Needed:
    1. What is working well?
    2. What needs to be improved?

    Some helpful links I found on the internet:
    **Please keep in mind these are just ideas. Some are really good and some are NOT really good. Use your judgment as to what will meet your students' needs.
  • Topic 3


    1st & 2nd
    3rd & 4th
    Fall: LNF, First Sound

    Winter: LNF, First Sound, PSF, NWF

    Spring:LNF, PSF, NWF
    First: LNF, PSF, NWF

    Second: ORF, NWF, MAZE
    Oral Reading Fluency

    Fall: Oct. 3 - 7

    Jan. 9 - Jan. 13

    May 21 - May 25
    Fall: Oct. 3 - 7

    Jan. 9
    -  Jan. 13

    May 21 - May 25

    Fall: Oct. 3 - 7

    Jan. 9 - Jan. 13

    May 21 - May 25

    Response to Intervention (RTI) is a method of providing our struggling learners with more individualized and intensive interventions in a multi-tiered model. With interventions at Tier I being less intensive and interventions at Tier III being the most intensive. Differentiated instruction is at the heart of RTI. Look below for Dr. Chris Parker's website, and other helpful RTI websites.

  • Topic 4

    New York State Assessments

  • Topic 6

    Reading Department Meetings

    Monday, September 19 3:00 - 4:00 Atlantic Avenue CANCELED

    Monday, October 17 3:00 - 4:00 Atlantic Avenue

    Monday, November 14 3:00 - 4:00 Atlantic Avenue

    Monday, December 12 3:00 - 4:00 Atlantic Avenue

    Monday, January 9 3:00 - 4:00 Atlantic Avenue

    February: no meeting

    Monday, March 12 3:00 - 4:00 Atlantic Avenue

    Monday, April 16 3:00 - 4:00 Atlantic Avenue

    Monday, May 14 3:00 - 4:00 Atlantic Avenue

    Monday, June 11 3:00 - 4:00 Atlantic Avenue

    • Topic 7


      Department Meetings:

      November 8 Superintendent's Conference Day Report Card in the A.M.
      Common Core in the P.M.
      January 6 Department Meeting 8:30 West End
      February 6 Superintendent's Conference Day enVision
      March 15 Department Meeting 8:30 West End
      May 18 Department Meeting 8:30 West End
      June 7 Department Meeting 8:30 Waverly Park

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