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Reading Specialist Interview and Observation

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Melanie Kowalick

on 29 April 2013

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Transcript of Reading Specialist Interview and Observation

Ms. Smart
Learn-A-Lot Elementary Reading Interventionist Interview and
Observation Background Undergraduate and Masters in Reading
Taught 2nd grade for 5 years
Taught Pre-k for 8 years
Has been a Reading Interventionist for the last 2 years
Recipient of the West Foundation of Teaching Excellence Award in 2010 Current Responsibilities By Melanie Kowalick Small group intervention
Reading and Math
All grade levels
Average class size is 4-6
30 minute to 1 hour pull-out sessions Student Description Regular Education students who:
Exhibited weaknesses on the TPRI administered at the beginning of the year
scored below the 30th percentile on a reading screener administered to all students
Failed to meet the standard on the STAAR test last year
SST referred District Provided
Materials IStation
Leveled Literacy
Soar to Success Additional Activities Utilized
to Supplement Programs Songs Favorite Strategies Modeling
Repeated Reading
Close Reading
Making connections to prior knowledge
Making predictions
Graphic Organizers
Word Sorts Assessment Tools Assessments built in to the district provided programs Summary of Interview Highly Experienced Reading Teacher
Has developed her own personal teaching style as an accumulation of her teaching experience
Values Professional Development
Open to new teaching practices matching games word building games visual phonics flash cards Montessori 3 period lessons word play Fluency Probes Student Work Samples Informal Observation Records Portfolios Her optimal Learning Environment: "My optimal learning environment would allow every student to receive small group instruction based on their learning level, by doing this educators could challenge students who need it and provide remediation for those who are falling through the cracks Lessons Observed 3rd Grade Reading Group
1st Grade Reading Group
Kindergarten Reading Group 3rd Graders Lesson Objective: Critical analysis of a non-fiction article and test taking strategies Before reading
Discussed format
Commented on pictures, titles, and subtitles
During reading
Compared and Contrasted it to a previous story "Paul-Bunyan-American Folk Legend
Related it to back ground Knowledge 3rd grade lesson cont. During reading cont.
Chunking strategy
Modeled thinking-aloud
Modeled using context clues
Discussed unfamiliar vocabulary (mild, rim)
Modeled good fluency and expression
Students took turns reading paragraphs out loud
After reading
Discussed author's purpose
Recap of the story and margin notes
Had students read questions and answer choices
"Keep it or Chunk it" answer choices
"Mark it"
Ended with a Choral reading of the story and a discussion about reading stamina and what to do during the test if they start losing stamina 1st Graders Lesson objectives: encourage imagination, increase vocabulary, spelling Leveled Literacy book "A Box" by Lis Roy
Shared Reading
Sentence frame " If I had a box it would have _______ in it, and I would make a _________ out of it."
Students wrote in their journals and drew a picture to illustrate what their box would be
The pictures were added to a portfolio she used to assess progress of their writing skills Kindergarten Lesson objectives: phonics, sight words, silent-e, and the letter "w" Visual Phonics
Who let the alphabet out
sight words and silent-e flash cards
Pictures of "w" words that students read out loud emphasizing the "w" sound
Students drew their own "w" word picture while listening and singing to the the "w" song
She modeled drawing and singing with the students
The pictures are used to create an alphabet book at the end of the year for each child to keep Summary of Observations Teaching and learning at its best
Students were actively engaged in all lessons, and the teacher was well prepared, and had great classroom management
Seeing the strategies bring them to life
New grade level experience for me
Applicable to my adolescent struggling readers
Reinforcement that learning should be fun!
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