Introduction to Balanced Literacy
Take a moment and answer these questions.
*How do you currently teach reading?
*How long do you spend teaching reading each day?
*How do you incorporate technology into the teaching of reading?
*Why do you think students are not making enough gains in reading?
*Do you include all of the balanced literacy components of teaching reading that were mentioned in the video?
Follow Up Plan:
After completing all of the modules the teachers will have a discussion session in a PLC (professional learning community) meeting about balanced literacy. These meetings are held weekly and provide time for teachers to work together to discuss and share ideas. I will meet with the teachers to review the balanced literacy professional development model. I will ask them for feedback for what worked well, and what can be improved upon. I will also ask if this module was useful to them for helping them to learn about balance literacy and how to implement this approach into their teaching. Teachers will also be asked to share how they are implementing all of the components of balanced literacy into their daily practice. Changes and/or improvements will be made according to the feedback given. If teachers are completing this professional development from different schools, or even the same schools but different areas of the school they can use a program such as vimeo to conduct a PLC. Using an online conferencing site can open doors to unlimited resources from other teachers who are practicing the same approaches to learning. Teachers learn so much from each other and various experiences that they can share with each other. Also, by using an online conferencing tool, teachers can meet from their classroom and have access to work samples and can show materials used in their rooms without having to pack it all up to take to a central location. There are a lot of online meeting websites. I have used vimeo in the past. Please see the following link to try out the vimeo site.