On Friday, I finished up the professional development week with a training or refresher on good reading skills and strategies. All reading teachers and interventionists attended the class on campus. It was teacher-led class. Learning from your peers is the most effective way to learn. Teachers demonstrated how to solve or tackle some of the hardest skills: main idea, summary, inferencing and vocabulary.
The purpose of this training: I have several new teachers this year and they need exposure to our campus strategies. Second, to get the campus on the same page or at least each grade level. In second grade, we are giving exposure to our students and building a foundation with them. It's not all about STAAR or state assessment. It's also about building strategies that can last a life time or throughout their educational years.
Group 4 solved a vocabulary question. Of the four types we address on Friday, this was the easiest. However, we found some differences in strategies.