My Five…. Coaching Resources #SOL17
March 13, 2017
Here are my go-to resources to glean resources, loan out, reread to deepen collaboration, growth, and work with teachers and students. The order and use change situationally.
I’ve used this resource for years and could only love it more when the Fountas and Pinnell team produced the 3rd edition. This book has grade level goals, reading level behaviors for work in all the areas of literacy, technology, listening/ speaking, writing, whole and small group work. When thinking about conferring, goal setting, lesson planning, and formative assessment, this resource does not fail. I especially recommend the expanded information on interactive read aloud. There is a webinar to familiarize users with the tool that is very helpful
The Daily Five helps teachers develop a structure for independence in the reading workshop by outlining the steps to scaffold learning in reading to self, reading with others, listening to reading, word work, and writing about reading. There are detailed ideas for maintaining balance across all the areas of literacy. Especially for newer teachers and large or challenging classes.
A comprehensive guide to systematically planning for reading workshop including timing, share reading, conferring, small group work, and general work in constructing the focus lesson. Individual chapters and components are excellent for discussions on scaffolding learning and student agency. Also recommended Reading Pathways.
Assessment in Perspective is wonderful in its entirety moving from why we collect data to how to use data effectively, to involving students with their own data. Especially helpful to teachers are their helpful suggestions on mining data and organizing thinking around small group work with students. Their blog, Assessment in Perspective, is a fresh, up to date resource of theory meets practice written in teacher friendly language.
Teaching Reading in Small Groups goes beyond traditional guided reading to authentic, timely, practical instruction in flexible small groups. This book contains ideas for forming small groups, conferring in small groups, and so much more. Jennifer Serravallo has produced many video supports to this work. Also recommended by Serravallo, Reading Strategies Book and Writing Strategies Book. These books are particularly helpful when using the If/Then Units within the Calkins Units of Study.
Other than the Writing Strategies Book, these aren’t particularly new resources, however, each is so strong in recent thinking in pedagogy and theory in literacy. All are easy to read and easy to use.
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