Two-hour Delays

February 25, 2015


Read Aloud Survey
  • The purpose of the survey is to identify which books are being used as read alouds in each of the grade levels. The information will be collected via a Google Doc and shared. The results will be revisited during the March 5th inservice.
  • As you know, read alouds are used to provide a model for good reading and to expand vocabulary. You might find this link interesting. Discuss the titles of read alouds you use in your classroom.
  • Survey contains the following questions:
    • What do you use as a read aloud in your grade level?
    • How are you using the titles you identified? How often do you read aloud to your students? For how long?
    • Why are you using the titles you identified?
    • Are there any other titles by the authors that you use for read aloud that you would like to share?

Reflection on Our Previous Work
  • Our goal is to take some time to reflect on the work that we’ve done rather than look at something new.
  • Identify topics, resources, and/or strategies from our work on Poverty, Marzano, and/or LETRS that you are using to help students be successful. Question to discuss: How do we use this topic, resource, and/or strategy to move our struggling students to be successful on the PSSAs?
    • For example: Read Write Think is an online resource that provides educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction.
      • New to Read Write Think? Check out the Site Demonstrations link on the top right of the page.
      • Don’t miss the Search feature on the left side of the page.
      • Link:
      • What resources do you find on this site that reflect the topics, resources, and/or strategies that we’ve studied?
        • For example:
          • According to Marzano, one of the instructional strategies that affects student achievement is the use of nonlinguistic representations. When students engage in nonlinguistic representation they elaborate on or add to their existing knowledge. Using a graphic organizer, such as the Story Map Interactive, students are able to focus on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution development.
  • Another example: National Library of Virtual Manipulatives. The site is a digital library that contains Java applets and activities for K-12 mathematics. We know from our study of Piaget that students learn mathematics best when the teaching progresses from the concrete to the semi-concrete to the abstract. Manipulatives help students understand the abstract symbolic language of math. It is often difficult for students to connect the visual and physical representations. This site is a great bridge between the concrete and abstract. After introducing a concept using the manipulatives from our GoMath! series, this site moves to the next level.

Link to the Google Form for data input.
Link to view the responses in the Google Form.