This got me thinking...What can I do to make sure even if my students are struggling, they feel like they are accomplishing something?
- Even though we spend tons of time working on main ideas and important details, my kids can’t write summaries (at least not very well).
- My kids have extreme difficulty taking notes from a book.
- The questions aren’t always the same “type” of comprehension questions we ask in therapy sessions.
- One test had a questions that wasn’t even in the book! Good thing my kid guessed correctly because my guess was wrong!
- Some of my kids are trying to read books that are too high for them so they “look” like their peers. Unfortunately, this is also why they have no to few AR points...they can’t pass the tests. (I think we’ve solved this problem.)
- I talked to all of the teachers and we came up with a plan...When I see the students I will work on one specific book for 2 weeks (every kid hears the book at least 2-4 times, unless they are absent). During these sessions we work on comprehension and inferential questions, as well as other skills related to their goals. All the goals are somehow related to the book we are reading...I make sure of it. If they are working on defining words, the words come from the book. If they are working on synonyms and antonyms the words all come from the book.
- At the end of the second week we sit down as a group and discuss the sequence of events and important information from the book. The students all contribute sentences to write a summary. I write the summary and then they copy the summary in their notebooks. For my higher group, they write the summary on their own and I check to make sure it includes the appropriate information.
- While students are writing the summary we start a group rotation. One student will come to me and take the AR test. I read the AR test aloud to all of the students in a one on one situation. When that student finishes the test they return to continue writing the summary and send the next student over.
- When the student has finished the AR test and finished writing the summary there is another skill center set up.
This is why I do what I do! I love seeing the excitement in their eyes when they know they just did something AMAZING!!!
The Speech Owl