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Old 10-20-2018, 05:35 PM
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I work as an interventionist. My responsibilities include working with tier two reading students, and tier two and three math students.

I also have thirty minutes each day in first grade classrooms. When there, the teacher lets me know who to work with and what to do. This might involve a small group of students who need direction with a writing assignment, or using RAZ KIDS and an i-pad with two students. On other days, this might involve reading with a single child, or teaching a guided reading group. It just depends on the teacher and what needs doing.

Perhaps you should bring together the large group and make an SSR poster. In the first column, "What does SSR look like?" In the second column, "What does SSR not look like?" Then I would put small post-it notes on desktops and make smiley faces on the notes where students are following "What does SSR look like?" during free reading time.

Another thing you might try is pulling up a chair and having the biggest offender read to you for five minutes. Before moving to another child, I would tell the first reader that tomorrow you are going to ask him/her three questions about what he/she read after you moved on to the second child. I would then move to the next biggest offender, and follow the same procedure. Make this an opportunity for students to get extra attention.

You might even want to pull together several students and quietly read-aloud to them in another corner of the room. Let the other students know that they will get the same opportunity if they are using SSR time wisely. You could make a simple comprehension game on the book you read aloud so the students could play it after you've finished reading the book.

I am of the opinion that this teacher has some students with small attention spans or no idea what SSR should look like. In order for the teacher to work with a small group, her other students need direction. We all know that even the best teacher cannot work with small groups if the rest of the group is off-task.

Of course...before using any of my suggestions, I would speak with the classroom teacher and get permission. After all, this is her classroom.
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