Confused, Baffled, What About Scaffolds? Supporting Struggling Readers Meet Grade-Level Expectations Using Whole-Class Close Reading and Differentiated Reading Groups

(Make and Share session also available)

Confused, Baffled, What About Scaffolds? Supporting Struggling Readers Meet Grade-Level Expectations Using Whole-Class Close Reading and Differentiated Reading Groups, Grades 2 – 6.

baffledThe rigors of the Common Core National Standards challenge many students – especially readers who struggle with grade-level text. Here’s a way teachers can support all students including those most challenged with new scaffolding techniques and a unique instructional model that combines multiple approaches.

Teachers will learn how to help students significantly improve their grade-level reading skills by:

• Using an hourglass teaching model that strategically coordinates use of whole-class and small-group learning approaches.
• Refining use of new, easy-to-use tools, including Read-Along Guides and Close-Read Guides.
• Text Combing” which, like beachcombing, involves scouting for treasures that glimmer with literacy learning potential.
• Encouraging students’ use of self-directed supplemental literacy activities.

Highlights of the session will involve participants creating an “Action Plan” for integrating the instructional model and the tools into their classrooms. Some time will be planned for sharing and discussions.

Make & Share Sessions: In these hands-on sessions, teachers are directed in creating their own Read-Along Guides and Close-Read Guides that align with their instruction and their classroom learning objectives. Guidance in preparing materials that meet the grade level needs and each student’s individual needs is provided.