Reading: Interactive Read-Alouds
This reading really helped me learn the importance of interactive read aloud. For children making them engage in the reading but understanding what’s going on in the novel is super important. What caught my attention was when the teacher reading the lion book is that when she finished with the predictions of the student’s idea of what the book was about she then turned back to the cover and pointed at the lion to indicate the importance of locating evidence in the text. Interactive read-alouds are a way to engage students in experiencing this transaction while learning more about the reading process in various ways but also having the interaction about the reading with peers, teacher, and the texts itself.”The goals of interactive read-alouds are to expose students to a wide variety of texts, fluent reading, and meaning-making strategies, encourage discourse to facilitate understanding, lift the level of student thinking, and demonstrate behaviors students will be able to use independently in texts.” This for me really captured the importance trying to be shown in that scenario with interactive read-alouds. The article helped describe what this one teacher plans for interactive read- alouds with important text that allows the students to have thoughtful conversations to express their understanding of the text but also leaves room to practice reading strategies. There are lots of strategic actions a teacher can take to help interactive reading such as for inferring, synthesize, analyze, and critique. Most importantly this allows students to have challenging opportunities driven by the student’s development of strategic actions.
Reading #2: Reading and Writing Workshop
The use of technology is increasing more and more for students and teachers in the Elementary Educational System. It is very upsetting and unsettling that some teachers though are not receiving the proper professional development workshops. Including technology for the student to work with is an important aspect of their lives nowadays, this gives them a chance to be exposed to technology through learning experiences. As new things pop up and old things die down there is always a great idea to include new teaching styles that include technology to keep the students engaged in their learning with technology. In the reading ” Implementing a Digital Reading and Writing Workshop Model for Content Literacy Instruction in an Urban Elementary (K-8) School” i learned that there are many different tools and sites to use such as web quest, screencast o matic which is a site that audiovisual recording where the teacher and child can explain on-screen process. Technology is a huge step in our educational systems now and teachers should receive professional development for.
Interactive readers workshop/ mini lesson:
Grade Level: Second Grade
Objective: Students will distinguish between inches, centimeters, and feet.
Materials: Pencil, trace of hand, trace the child’s body on paper, big white paper, ruler, and eraser.
Introduction: Ask students what prior knowledge they can remember about measuring things around them. First go over the terms inches, centimeters, and feet. Then allow children to lay down on long white paper and have them trace their own/ friends body shape. Then have the children practice using a ruler and the teacher will show them which side is inches and which is centimeters. Have students make predictions about how many feet their own bodies will measure out to. Then have the students actually measure out their drawing with a tape measure with teachers assistance. Then to make it a little more interesting have children design and color their trace out and hang up in the room with their estimate and actual measurements.
Closing: Students will reflect on their measurements and the teacher will show them other students measurements so that students can compare. The teacher will ask what other things may be the same height.
Wrap-up: Teacher will continue this lesson and have children continue to think about height and create math problems with the children’s heights. Have children refer back to their drawings that are hung up fpr resources.