Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New Follower, Common Core and Differentiating Out the Door!

Oh my goodness, I am soooooo excited!  I have a follower.  Thank you Jennifer.  I have been checking day after day and finally, I opened up my blog and literally, caught my breath, as I saw a smiling face.  I really need to be more diligent in trying to gain followers.  Now that I have a follower, I will need to be more diligent in posting too.  Followers are motivators.

Did I catch your attention with my title?  Today, I went to a workshop to work on writing our curriculum maps with the Common Core Standards. Prior to our work time, our instructor showed us a video and gave us handouts on using Close Text for our lessons.  These texts can be articles, reading textbooks, novels, etc.    The text will be read by the students several times and a purpose is set for each read through.  The students will make notations in the margins and highlight words.These texts should be at grade level and used during whole group instruction.  All students, -  gifted, at grade level, and special education students will participate in these grade level lessons.  What?  Where is the differentiated instruction that we have had many workshops on and have been told to do?  What about the research showing that reading improves when students read texts that are not too easy or too hard?  For me, differentiated instruction will come during Daily Five and small group time.  They should still self-select books within their reading range and those students that need extended, or a variety of lessons on content, will receive that in small group.  Special education students will work on their IEP goals with the Intervention Specialist during small group time.  I will be trying this Close Text lesson next week using Martin Luther King materials.  I'll give you more details about the procedure and how it works late next week.  Grades are due tomorrow.  It's going to be a late night!

Kind Regards,

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