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Help only one D level reader in room full of PreA and A's
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I would love, love, love suggestions on how to challenge and teach my natural reader. After initial assessments, I have 1 student out of 20 who read at a D level with 92% accuracy and excellent comprension. He is immature as heck, and needs lots of social skill. The rest of my class is between a PreA and A's who will quickly move up to B's. Any ideas are greatly welcome.


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In our district, they need to read with at least 96% accuracy to be considered reading independently on a level. By the end of K, the benchmark is D.

I would spend a few weeks firming up level C before doing guided reading on level D. What's the rush? As a first grade teacher, I'd rather you not push him ahead and instead have him build good habits in reading and in the classroom in general.

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If it's all right with his parents (some are proud of this, but others don't want it at all) let him work on the social skills by helping other readers who are "newer at it". He's likely to try especially hard to behave properly if it's in a context that boosts his self-esteem.
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Almost every year I have one or two readers coming in. But it is very rare to have readers that are also proficient writers, so that's where I tend to put my focus. If the rest of the kids are learning how to write "I see...", my reader is writing more complex sentences. If the others are reading a simple sight word book, my reader is using the same book to write a new story. Also, I read "needs lots of social skills" as also needing to know how to be a student, so even if tasks are easy for him academically you can tell him and the parents that he is working on how to be a good student - doing his best work, helping others, working quietly, whatever it is you are focusing on.
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Thanks for the tips! I agree with them all. The Special Ed teacher next door to me has a high functioning autistic cutie that is reading at an F level and writing well also. I'm going to team those two up and see what happens. He is very sweet and would love to help others. I just wanted to make sure I give him my best so he can continue to grow at his pace.

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I also find that working on making sure they have a variety of strong reading strategies, often early readers just know the words or use phonics alone. Then I work on comprehension and retelling strategies.
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That's a good tip. Thanks for taking time to respond.
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Old 09-22-2017, 04:09 PM
 
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I work on their writing skills and give them appropriate reading books at Raz Kids.
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Old 09-22-2017, 07:39 PM
 
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I am thinking about that too. He is already blending words and labeling his drawing during writers workshop. We've only had 4 lessons into the unit. I love RAZ kids. We don't have it at this school. I'm considering just buying my own subscription. We'll see...Thanks
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