On Tuesday, May 20th, the entire Fort Atkinson Middle School Language Arts Department visited Barrie and Rockwell Elementary to see CLM in action. This visit was powerful as it provided time for us to collaborate and have dialogue around what literacy instruction looks like in our elementary schools as we work to bridge the transition between elementary and secondary literacy instruction. We were able to showcase mini-lessons, literature discussion groups using electronic texts on Kindles and iPads, and the organization of our classrooms focusing on anchor charts, classroom libraries, and whole-group/small-group instructional spaces. We were thrilled to be able to spend the afternoon together as we collectively strive to be responsive to students' needs as we evaluate the vertical alignment of our instructional programming in literacy. Special thanks to Dr. Rob Abbott, Kim Anderson, Leanne Bongers, Megan Gang, Ann Gladem, Tom Jonas, Karen Neuser, Erin Riechers, and Kari Spiwak for visiting from FAMS as well as to Holly Andrews, Sherry Pfeifer, Julie Recob, and Leah Schroeder at Barrie Elementary for spotlighting their classrooms and Lindsey Carey, Julie Keating, Shawn McDonough, and Julie Westcott for spotlighting their classrooms at Rockwell.
On Thursday, May 15th, the 2013-2014 Literacy Coachees were recognized at the Board of Education Meeting to celebrate the growth and success they experienced with CLM during their intensive year of coaching and professional development. Their students are the direct beneficiaries of their dedication to providing high-quality literacy instruction as they have seen them grow and accelerate as readers and writers this year. The 2013-2014 Coaching Cohort included Patty Snyder, Barrie - Grade K, Julie Recob, Barrie - Grade 5, Tammy Kuehl, Luther - Grade 1, Caitlyn Thiess, Luther - Grade 3, Andrea Kratz, Purdy - Grade K, Lucas Springstroh, Purdy - Grade 4, Nicole Schafer, Rockwell - Grade K, and Lindsey Carey, Rockwell - Grade 5.
On Tuesday, April 29th, Barrie Elementary hosted staff from the Waukesha School District so they could see how the Comprehensive Literacy Model functions seamlessly in our schools in Grades K-5. The Waukesha staff was able to observe the instructional frameworks of Interactive Writing, Writer's Workshop Mini-Lessons, Reader's Workshop Mini-Lessons, Shared Reading, Words Study, Guided Reading, and Literature Discussion Groups in action. They were also able to see how we utilize teacher and student resources within the model to enhance our instruction as well as how we integrate technology within the model using iPads, Google Chrome Books, and Kindles.
- text level
- genre, theme, text structure and language/literacy features to highlight and provide scaffolds as needed
- 100-word count for running records
- a summary/gist of the text
- vocabulary to preview
- 3 more possible teaching points for within, about, and beyond the text linked to Common Core State Standards
- 3 writing prompts for phase 2 / day 2
On Tuesday, April 15th, Rockwell Elementary hosted the Western Dubuque Community School District so their staff could see how the Comprehensive Literacy Model functions in our district. They were especially interested in observing the instructional components of Writer's Workshop, so we had some wonderful classroom observations in grades K-4 to see interactive writing, writing mini-lessons, writing conferences, and share time in action. They also had the opportunity to see guided reading and literacy integration with social studies content. Special thanks to Linda Rice, Shawn McDonough, Ambyr Lemke, Jessica Hansen, Nicole Schafer, Lori Held, Meg Tindal, Megan Eske, and Julie Keating for spotlighting the great teaching and learning that happens in their classrooms every day! Vicki Wright, principal, is very proud of her students and staff and celebrates the amazing learning experiences that occur at Rockwell Elementary daily!