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Susan Gibson
Response to Ashley and Kasey
Sun Nov 23, 2014 13:03

Wow! What an excellent and thorough presentation! As many of us who have been in the clinic have wondered if the Early Steps program works in a small group model, your data shows that it does indeed transfer. I really like how you used the Reading Development visual as a way to show your student's growth. It was also very interesting to me to see that students have gaps in their development because previous teachers most likely had an unbalanced reading program. As an upper grade teacher, I have seen the effects of students who have gaps because they weren't given all the steps in their early reading development. It is refreshing to see that you care enough to fix the problem so that these readers in your classroom can be successful readers and students later in their schooling years.

The one piece of data that really stuck out to me was that if students have developed a good sight vocabulary they will have higher oral reading accurate in contextual reading. Many of my lower third graders know how to say words but they have not yet transferred into automatic word recognition or just guess when they see the first letter. This is something that is hard to fix in third grade when we need to be focusing more on comprehension. But my students are slowing improving through the use of the fluency phrases, sight word passages, and lots of sustained reading at their instructional level.

  • Ashley and Kasey's presentation - koppenhaverd, Sun Nov 16 13:21
    Discuss Ashley and Kasey's presentation here. Have a true discussion. Ask them questions or make comments about their presentation. Compare their work to your own research or teaching experience.... more
    • Response to Kasey and Ashley P - Ashley Carter, Wed Dec 3 11:02
      You guys did a wonderful job on the study and this presentation! I feel like I have a very clear understanding of every single part of your study. I am so glad to have heard about your efforts... more
    • Re: Ashley and Kasey's presentation - Tracy Cornacchio, Tue Nov 25 11:56
      I really liked your student reading ability checklist. I would think this checklist would provide you with information about what students know and what they still need to know on a individual bases. ... more
    • Presentation reply - Laura Hansen, Mon Nov 24 21:24
      What an interesting study. Your presentation provided excellent explanations of the components of your study as well as the research you used to support it. I really like how you developed a table... more
      • Re: Awesome Data! - sellewc, Mon Dec 1 22:18
        In agreement with Laura, great data structure! I liked how your data supports the questions you framed, but also is in line with Morris's reading process. I'm going to definitely look that up and see ... more
      • Parent Surveys, Challenges - Ashley Pennell, Mon Nov 24 21:55
        The parent surveys were helpful and mostly confirmed the growth we were seeing at school. I trained all parents at the beginning of the year to read with their children each night in leveled texts... more
        • Parent Involvement and Challenges reply - Laura Hansen, Mon Nov 24 23:21
          I think that is incredible how you taught your parents how to help their children at home. I think that most parents would be receptive to this and want to be supportive, but don't know how to help... more
    • Ashley & Kasey - Melissa Boyd, Sun Nov 23 17:04
      What a great presentation! I really enjoyed the videos. They were very helpful in illustrating how the Early-Steps lesson plan can work in a small group. I have been using the same lesson plan with... more
    • Response to Ashley and Kasey - Susan Gibson, Sun Nov 23 13:03
    • word bank - catheyt, Sun Nov 23 11:34
      You ladies did a great job. We also used Morris' et al Reading Development as part of our research with our struggling readers. It sounds like the students from our study are about where your's... more
      • Word Bank Response - Ashley Pennell, Sun Nov 23 12:54
        I think the word bank is a great way to build word recognition. The students in our study were all "taught" 100 sight words in kindergarten as part of a "sight word race"....however, when they came... more
        • thanks! - catheyt, Sun Nov 23 18:22
          Awesome! I'm definitely going to do this in my classroom. I think with all of my kinder students.
    • Sight Word Banks? - hodgete, Sat Nov 22 11:34
      The model display of the theoretical developmental process for beginning readers was helpful to see, as a kindergarten teacher I'm familiar with this, but many upper grade teachers may not be. When a ... more
      • Sight Word Banks - Ashley Pennell, Sun Nov 23 13:01
        The word bank is a strategy from Morris' Howard Street Tutoring Manual and is used with readers in the emergent stage who do not have the sight vocabulary to support reading beyond pseudo-reading... more
    • Reading Groups - Rachel Yakey, Sat Nov 22 08:51
      Great presentation Ashley and Kasey! It is wonderful to see the things we are being taught applied to a classroom with success, especially the concept of word in correlation to a child's reading... more
      • Response to Rachel - Ashley Pennell, Sun Nov 23 13:07
        I am excited to see how much these students grow over the course of the year. Concept of word was the first step to getting them reading. I hope to see their word recognition develop further and... more
        • Re Word Bank - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 13:17
          Thank you, I will let you know how it works. It would be really cool to keep the data throughout the school year and see where your students end up at the end of the year. Will you be able to keep... more
          • Groups - Ashley Pennell, Sun Nov 23 13:20
            I do have a teacher assistant in my room, but she works with the two groups of students who are on grade level or slightly above (12 students total). I will be able to keep groups going without Kasey ... more
            • Re Groups - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 13:27
              Sweet! It is really nice to have that support. It would really have sucked to see your students decline just because of lack of teachers. :)
    • Whole Group Early Steps Lesson - noltja, Thu Nov 20 21:08
      You have created an incredibly thorough and well done presentation. I loved watching your class in action. I've often had early steps lesson in the back of my mind while teaching my guided reading... more
      • Re: Whole Group Early Steps Lesson - Ashley Pennell, Fri Nov 21 07:51
        Jessica, Thank you for your kind feedback! Our goal was to attempt transfer of what we have learned in the clinic to a regular classroom setting..which more than likely eliminates the one-to-one... more
        • small groups - noltja 65, Sat Nov 22 20:20
          That makes're students seem to be getting lots of great reading instruction! Looks like fun and makes me miss Bethel:)
    • response - Emily Fox, Thu Nov 20 20:29
      I enjoyed watching your presentation. You gave a very thorough explanation of the research that had already been done on the Early Steps program and on concept of word. I felt that this gave true... more
      • Response to Emily - Kasey Gaines, Fri Nov 21 15:08
        Emily, thank you for your feedback! The checklist based on Morris' Developmental Reading Process also helped me to be able to keep up with all of the students and their growth. It is really amazing... more
    • Re: Ashley and Kasey's presentation - kimeljk, Thu Nov 20 13:19
      I love that you chose to use a well researched teaching technique Morris' Early Steps Reading Interventions. Your participants seem to be the result of un balanced reading instruction in previous... more
      • Response to Jennie - Ashley Pennell, Fri Nov 21 07:47
        Throughout my Masters program I have often wondered how what I was learning through the clinical model could be applied in a regular classroom setting. By one-to-one we are referring to Morris' plans ... more
        • clinical model - Stacy, Sat Nov 22 16:30
          The presentation you guys did was phenomenal. I have also wondered how the clinic idea can be used in the classroom. How have you been splitting up the time to include this? I have found that it is a ... more
          • Response to Stacy - Ashley Pennell, Sun Nov 23 13:13
            Thanks for your kind words, Stacy! I have thoroughly enjoyed applying what I learned in the clinic to my classroom reading instruction. In primary grades, reading groups as where most of the reading... more
            • Response to Ashley - Stacy, Sun Nov 23 18:08
              My class is doing word study in 3 different levels. We are also doing grouped guided reading. My classes are around 60 minutes, and I have found it a bit of a juggle to have ample reading time to... more
        • Re: Response to Jennie - kimeljk, Fri Nov 21 10:03
          Ashley, Thanks for your response. I think you did a really excellent job applying what we've learned in the clinic setting to your regular classroom setting. Small group reading instruction is a nice ... more
          • Teacher Assistant - Ashley Pennell, Sun Nov 23 13:17
            All teacher assistants were trained in Early Steps years ago with a partnership? between ASU reading and Watauga County. I don't know specifically how all of that occurred since I wasn't in the... more
            • Re: Teacher Assistant - kimeljk, Mon Nov 24 15:27
              Ashley, Wow what a great resource ASU is to school in the area. Yes, I am familiar with the ASU partnership which is great for the counties surrounding us, but I worry about the counties in other... more
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