- I love the idea of mini-lessons, but my gut also tells me that this can be dangerous with an inexperienced and/or ineffective teacher. How do they know what mini-lessons to teach?
- What if we followed Renee's suggestion and worked as a school on 4 strategies to do consistently across PK-5?
- Check for understanding
- Back Up and Reread
- Tune In to Interesting Words
- Cross Checking
- I like the bulletin board on p.93 that shows the strategies in a visual way by comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and expanding vocabulary.
- The whole-class lesson elements that really stuck with me are:
- Secret to success cannot be a secret!
- Let students write the strategy cards for buy-in.
- Review, review, review...
- Recognize the student who helped with the strategy is another "teacher in the room".
- I love the shoe lesson. It is a yearlong anchor that should be referenced continuously to encourage successful reading and reading choices.
- Have any of you played the Inferring Game? How did it go?
- I like the visual chart of summarizing text and sequencing main events. I would think it would have to cut back on unneeded details that children share??
- Do any of you use the "Class Word Collector"? It sounds fairly simple, but I am not sure if the vocabulary would stick??
Monday, March 14, 2011
The CAFE Book Chapter 6: Whole-Class Instructuion
My goal for today's blog is to make is short and sweet. After I looked back over my previous 5 chapters' blogs, it became clear to me that I was writing a Cliff Notes for the chapter and not really a blog. So hear we go...