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Old 09-05-2018, 03:38 PM
 
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School has just started and I love my class. I have an incredibly small class (only 18 students). And for the first time in 10 years no major behavior problems (like undiagnosed ODD). I do ha idve three students that I am extremely worried about. These children have come in with reading levels 2-2.5 grade levels behind. Two of them are reading at .4 (almost half way through Kindergarten) and the other two are at . 1.1. These scores come from the Star reading test through Renaissance Learning. They have a hard time decoding CVC words. With the AIR test looming this year and third grade guarantee in effect (automatic retention if a proficient score is not reached on the ELA AIR assessment. I am not sure how to proceed with these kiddos. I talked to the teacher they had last year and was told that they know they are really low but 2 students in that class were retained and they could not retain everyone.

We just started Wonders reading program this year. But I know these students need a whole separate curriculum. Just not sure how to implement it. I've been teaching forever (17 years) but this is the first time I've had so many so low. Any help or ideas would be appreciated.


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Old 09-06-2018, 04:55 PM
 
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It sounds like the low 2 should be tested for special needs since they have already been retained and are still struggling. I would start the process and have a team meeting as soon as you have your own evidence.
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I am at a Catholic school and our local public schools that do the testing for us can make it difficult. I am starting interventions but each needs to go for 6-8 weeks showing no growth. We show any growth at all and they close it saying they are improving keep it up. I am working on things with our intervention specialist. Another issue is if they get identified they can no longer get title 1 tutoring. It has to be with our intervention specialist so these kiddos can go from 3.75 hours a week to 1 hour a week of pull out help. We are working through this. I am just trying to figure out what would be best course of action while I am doing the interventions before i can go to IAT and start that whole process. Getting a meeting with the public school psychologist for testing will take at least 3-4 months. Thanks for reconfirming this action.
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Old 09-08-2018, 06:40 AM
 
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I have a few really low readers this year. Two of them are reading a DRA 8, which is the beginning of 1st grade. Both of them were home schooled for most of their educational careers, so I am starting at scratch as far as the RTI process.

I have been working with them on sight words. I started with Dolch PreK words to see which they know. They have word rings and we read through those several times a day.

We have been using letter magnets to make simple CVC words and reading them, breaking them apart, chunking them. I am going to use the SPIRE scope and sequence to introduce the skills to them.

I also have access to ReadingA-Z, so we have been reading level 8 books from there E books from there. They also have some decodable books we have been working on.
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Old 09-08-2018, 07:32 AM
 
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Parents have more pull when it comes to getting testing for an IEP. They can write to the district asking for a full evaluation and itís often taken more seriously. I often use the law to pad my evidence eg RTI cannot slow the process to testing and little progress isnít sufficient progress etc.


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Old 09-13-2018, 10:11 AM
 
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But my advise is to teach reading all day long. Choral read in science, social studies and math to help with fluency. This also helps with understanding in that content area.

Teach vocabulary before choral reading so they are constantly exposed to new words on a daily basis.

It is good to remind them to pause at commas for understanding when you are teaching other subjects. Also to pause longer for a period than a comma. Model how it should sound and have them echo your reading example.

Find the most entertaining read alouds you can and read to them every day. Even if it is only for 10 minutes.

When someone asks a question you do not know the answer to but will help with understanding of the topic, stop. Stop and show them how to find the answer in one or more resources.

Share what you are reading. Share what you read for fun and share what you read to be a better teacher or just to help you with daily life.

Also have students read what they write to you.

Teach reading all day long!

See if you can get some volunteers to help you with those low readers. The more they can read one on one the better.

Good luck!
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This works for me
Old 10-04-2018, 05:28 PM
 
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This is a 40 minute lesson.....

Beforehand:
-Assess their knowledge of Fry or Dolch sight words- use unknown words to make flash cards and matching games
-Assess spelling pattern knowledge using Words Their Way Inventory- begin instruction decoding/encoding at the level identified (if you don't have it, buy the book online), Utilize the word sorting activties described in the book.
-Benchmark the kids and use running record to identify strenghts and weakness.


Lesson Format:
-Sight Word review, quick and targeted flash cards- turn into a quick game if possible.
-Word Study- use the info gained from WTW inventory to create the activities. Teach pattern, play game.
-Guided reading based on level. Give in-text instruction. Model fluent reading. Employ choral and echo reading.
-Reread text next day.
-Introduce new text on the next day and take a running record of yesterdays text to track data.
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Old 12-01-2018, 11:11 PM
 
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Do you think thereís a chance that these students could get a little extra help at home? Iíve had pretty good luck with this approach when Iíve supplied the readings...
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