Monday, December 16, 2013

Close Reading: Comprehension Focus

At our school we are really focusing on students' comprehension of text while integrating the "Close Reading" process. In light of that, I am sharing with you my "Close Reading Graphic Organizer: Comprehension Strategies." You can get your FREE copy here. There is also a backside to this sheet containing space for students to draw a mental image and to write a summary.

Please be sure to share with me how you are using it and what grade levels are benefiting from it. Can't wait to hear from you all.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Close Reading: Comprehension Focus

Hello to all my fellow educators!

This time of year always seems to be so bonkers, doesn't it? We are closing in on the end of the first semester and the Christmas break is around the corner.

Today I have a FREE printable for you to hopefully make your life easier! This is a Close Reading Graphic Organizer that focuses on comprehension as opposed to my other Close Reading Graphic Organizer that focuses on text features. Get your copy here!

Many blessings and prayers to you! Thanks for checking out my blog!

Monday, November 4, 2013

OLA Board

This document is something I use to explain the layout of my classroom's whiteboard. Each day, I write out each class period's OLA! When I want the students to know what is going on or why I am asking them to do something I direct them to the OLA Board. This is a reference sheet for them so they know what O, L, and A represent. Get your copy here!

Observation Log

Many things happen in our classrooms daily that we don't want to forget. Sometimes it is something funny. Sometimes it is something sad. Sometimes it is even something critical to record. That's where this form comes in!

I have a binder I call my "Observations Binder." This binder has a tab for each of my students and behind each students tab is this sheet. I don't use it daily, just when I feel there is something I need to remember about that student on a particular day.  I can use this information later for report card comments, IEP planning, or phone calls home. It also makes it easier to notice patterns.

I hope it is helpful to you! Click here for your copy!

Communication Log

We all need a way to keep track of the number of times and methods we use to contact parents, especially in the world of special education! This is a log I use to document such and to use as proof when meeting deadlines for IEPs. I hope you can make use of it! Click here for your copy!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Close Reading Graphic Organizer

Recently, our district did a professional development session on "Close Reading." This is a graphic organizer I created to support a close reading session in the classroom. I hope you find it helpful. You can find the graphic organizer here.