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I am finding that the main thing for my class is that I have to lay out very clear expectations and almost have a personal plan for everyone in the room. Then each person knows what to do. At this point, I can't have them work in small groups unsupervised. I have done a little of pair work and they seem to enjoy that, but then again, I have to be very careful of the pairs I put together. Last week I had them play hang man on the little white boards with the spelling words. They enjoyed that and stayed on task....and they didn't even get too noisy. :)
I think I will use the T chart idea...that way they can also see and anticipate when it will be their small group turn to come to me. I am fortunate in that this class is also the most advanced academically that I have ever had and I really only have 4 or 5 non-readers and the rest are between fairly fluent and really fluent.
I have recorded the students as they read and hope to do it again within the next few weeks to see if there is an improvement. I had the children listen to themselves with their parents at the student-led conferences a few weeks ago and I think the parents understood my rationale for their reading assessment then! :)
I am going to try going on to Tumble Books again today.I have tried in the past, but our computers do not work well in this school.
I like your progression of reading and may try that with the students with a new easter book I've printed off for them.
Ah, there's the bell..gotta go.
I know how hard it can be to teach reading and how challenging difficult behaviors can be. I have taught in both first grade and in an ED class, so I can sympathize. I was referred a while back to a great book, Win-win Discipline by Kagan, Kyle and Scott. It gives tons of ways to work with the kids. Also, in my own experiences, I have found that starting small and big rewards help. You may want the kids to work in pairs first, then groups, and when the group finishes the reading to your expectations, they can act out the story as a play or some other activity. Also, for behavior issues in general I created a student led Constitution and Bill of Rights or laws. The students made most of the rules, some I insisted upon, voted on them and determined the consequences for breaking the rules. It worked pretty well and once the students had signed the contract, they couldn't really say they didn't know. Hope it helps and good luck!