Friday, April 17, 2015

A Peek at Literacy in the Elementary Schools

The Instructional Coach from Burke Memorial School, Jackie Daley, and I presented to a group of elementary school parents at the April MEPTO meeting this week. Our presentation consisted of viewing "Our Journey Towards Balanced Literacy" video, sharing the highlights of the workshop model, and offering ways to bring the literacy learning into the home. At the end of the presentation, parents were given the opportunity to ask questions about this model and about literacy at home.  The biggest message of the night for our parents was: Keep it FUN!

The parents left the meeting with a few tips and tools to encourage creatively bringing more literacy into the home. 

If you were unable to attend the meeting, below is a link to the tip sheets we made available.

Helping Your Child Learn to Read

Ideas for Reading Together


As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Our Journey Towards Balanced LIteracy

The Medway Elementary Schools celebrated their successes in the area of balanced literacy at a recent school committee meeting.  At the request of the principals, Mrs. Yanuskiewicz and Ms. Luizzi, our technology integration specialist, Paula Johnson, was asked to work with the elementary staff to produce a video that would highlight the use of the newly adopted workshop model to teach reading and writing.  The video was recently added to the district's online Ed Express newsletter. You can see it here:  Our Journey Towards Balanced Literacy. We are very proud of the accomplishments displayed in this short presentation.

What is the workshop model?  The reading workshop model focuses on quick, interactive and engaging lessons where the teacher models a skill or strategy needed by the class. The students are then asked to practice that skill together with the teacher before being sent off to try it out in books at their own level.  The teacher then works with small groups of students with similar needs, scaffolding the learning of each student.  While the teacher assists small groups, the remainder of the children are reading just right books and working on goals chosen just for them. 

If you would like to learn more about balanced literacy and the workshop model, MEPTO is sponsoring an information session at their meeting next Wednesday evening, April 15th at 7pm at the Burke / Memorial School. Jackie Daley, Instructional Coach at Memorialand I have prepared a short and informal presentation on the nuts and bolts of the workshop model.  We hope you can join us.  If you are unable to attend, feel free to follow me on this blog or on Twitter (@MrsBaldi2) where I will continue write updates regarding this new approach, as well as send along tips and tools to extend the literacy learning into the home.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

It's National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month and we are celebrating in grand style at the McGovern School.  Each day a new poem will be added to the "April Showers Bring Poetry Flowers" easel located in the main hallway.  Class authored poems and published poems will grace the board throughout this special month.  You can read each day's poem through Twitter by following the  #mcgovcan hashtag or by visiting my "Tweets about McGovern" feed found on the lower right side column of this blog.

For ideas on bringing poetry into your home visit: Giggle Poetry