Friday, September 2, 2016

Professional Development ~ Running Records and Determining Student Needs Part 2, Intervention Lessons

After learning to take running records AND looking for patterns of reading behavior, we dig a little deeper into student skills.  Running record indicators were discussed in {Part 1}.  

There is a hierarchy of student literacy development.  I use the Qualitative Reading Inventory-6  to pinpoint student literacy needs AND follow the three part format as outlined in Interventions to Follow Informal Reading Assessment by JoAnne Schudt Caldwell and Lauren Leslie  in that each intervention lesson has three parts:  Word Study, Fluency and Reading For Meaning.  Based on their recommended three areas, I developed a flowchart of skills development.  

Teachers use flowchart below to further evaluate students and determine specific areas needed of remediation.  We then use materials that most closely match student needs.

Note:  Students that need digging into Phonemic Awareness are also screened with the PASS:  Phonological Awareness Skills Screener, which is a  criterion based assessment.

Students who demonstrate difficulty with phonemic awareness receive intervention using Heggerty materials along with nursery rhymes, songs and finger plays. {Example}  Our teachers have also embraced integrating lessons from 40 Reading Intervention Strategies For K-6 that are research-based and just plain BEST Practices!

Our K-6 team has completely embraced Jennifer Serravallo's, The Reading Strategies Book as a way to present strategies that need to be targeted.  

Sidenote:  Students who have not developed decoding strategies AND are two or more years below grade level, receive intensive intervention with Corrective Reading or Reading Mastery Materials through McGraw-Hill Education.  This is in addition to at least 60-90 minutes of literature-based universal reading instruction.  

Our Elementary School has seen strong growth in students using all of the strategies and approaches. I feel that we have a menu instead of a one-size-fits-all option for literacy growth.

Best wishes! 


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