Get to know Maria.
I teach in a high poverty, high transiency school. Our school is Title I. 97% of our student population qualifies for free or reduced lunch. Though our students are predominantly African American (60%), we have a growing Hispanic population (20%). My class has a high volume of students in the early intervention program, and also serves as the ELL classroom for my grade-level.
Discuss your prior experiences teaching reading.
What instructional changes have you implemented when teaching reading this year?
What differences do you see with your readers this year when compared to last year?
What is your plan, in regards to reading instruction, for the future?
Check out some examples of the interactions Maria and her students are sharing through the use of Reading Response Journals. It is clear Maria is differentiating process through knowing her students' learning profiles. She has individualized her instruction so that students are working on strategies that are appropriate for them. As a result, students see the importance of the work they are doing and Maria is creating lifelong readers! Keep up the great work, Maria!!