Building PD Day: Lewis Elementary - Meeting Student Instructional Needs During Small Group Instruction
During our building PD day in February we focused on meeting student instructional needs during small group reading instruction and independent reading. We focused our day around a book study that the Title I team, Instructional Coach, and Administrators had participated in. This team has been reading No More Independent Reading, Without Support by Debbie Miller and Barbara Moss. While reading this book we began having conversations about what real readers do and how can we support growing readers in the classrooms at Lewis Elementary.
Our day focused on why independent reading matters and the best practices to support it. The staff were all given the book No More Independent Reading, Without Support. First, we read chapter 1 and reflected on our own scheduling of our school day. Was there anything in our way from accomplishing the goals of strong guided reading instruction and independent reading time? Could we find more time in the school day? The conversations about time and the lack of it did not bring the staff down, they rallied and really looked at their schedule to make sure we were using every possible minute for instruction.
Then, we focused our time on Chapter 2 looking at the research. We discussed the importance of independent reading with accountability. As a staff we broke up into vertical teams and discussed what authentic tasks are students doing as they read and how are we monitoring their work. To culminate this discussion the teachers were sent on a scavenger hunt looking for items currently in classrooms at our school that help support small group and independent reading (See tweets of the items they found in the storify below).
In the afternoon we modeled for the staff an example of a small group reading lesson at their grade level could look like using the resources we already have. This allowed the grade levels some time to watch, reflect, and then start collaborating about some ways to help strengthen their small group reading block. We gave the staff time to plan for the following week in their small groups and to look at what meaningful tasks students could do during independent reading time.
During this entire day we were tweeting about our learning using #LewisReads as well as our district hashtags #ESSD40PD and #ESSDExcels. This was exciting to see the conversations, questions and learning of each group and individually as the day went on. This PD was just in time learning for a need that we were all feeling in our building. The engagement, passion, and overall love for teaching reading was truly felt throughout the entire day because we all know that every child in our classroom deserves time to grow as a reader.
Christy Harris, Lewis Elementary, Instructional Coach
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