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Susan Gibson
Response to Presentation
Sun Nov 23, 2014 13:41
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I thought you both did a great job of finding your students' area of weaknesses and designing interventions to meet their needs. I know at the middle school level it is extremely hard to differentiate instruction due to time constraints. I really loved how you used taped readings to help build fluency. There are many different fluency interventions out there but given the time constraints this seems like the perfect intervention for middle school classroom. Was this pretty easy to set up and teach the students how to use? Our school recently purchased a Raz-Kids license and it allows students to listen to a book first then record themselves. When I first saw this feature I was thinking it is kinda of similar to taped readings and am curious to see how this effects my students struggling in reading fluency.

The other intervention I loved was the flipped classroom model. I have heard of teachers using this in one middle school in Davie County and it seemed like a great idea. I'm glad you have found success in using it. Does it give you more time for class discussion and covering more content to use this approach? What do you find you like best about the flipped classroom?

  • Jennie and Rachel's presentation - koppenhaverd, Sun Nov 16 13:17
    Discuss Jennie and Rachel'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
    • Re: Jennie and Rachel - Ashley Carter, Wed Dec 3 11:38
      I feel that your presentation is the most similar to Stacy and I's presentation. You picked a difficult task and worked hard to ensure the success of all of your students. You are correct in stating... more
    • Re: Jennie and Rachel's presentation - Kasey Gaines, Wed Nov 26 20:55
      I really enjoyed your presentation! It is nice to see how differentiated works in the upper grades. I have only worked in 1st and 2nd grade, and it was much different. I thought it was a really good... more
      • Other Students - Rachel Yakey, Thu Nov 27 07:07
        Thank you! The whole class was differentiated. I had four groups in that class, separated by reading level and needs. I would just rotate through the groups, giving interventions and checking up on... more
    • Re: Jennie and Rachel's presentation - Tracy Cornacchio, Tue Nov 25 12:06
      I am glad to see differentiated instruction is effective at a higher than elementary school level. I teach kindergarten and I know it works in my classroom but I was unsure about the upper level... more
      • Class - Rachel Yakey, Thu Nov 27 07:14
        The whole class was differentiated. I had four groups in that class, separated by reading level and needs. To get the reading level, I use a computer program called STAR. You probably know it, but it ... more
        • Re: Class - Tracy Cornacchio, Thu Nov 27 09:00
          Okay, that's wonderful you were able to make groups with all of your students. I have never used STAR but the IRI seems to be a great reading assessment!
          • Star - Rachel yakey, Thu Nov 27 09:28
            The IRI is the better option but with 80-100 students a year with no assistant I can't IRI every student. I know my daughters school uses STAR.
    • Presentation - Laura Hansen, Mon Nov 24 20:34
      Great job overall on your study! Your presentation was very easy to follow and facilitated a clear understanding of the differentiated instruction you implemented. It seems like you experienced some... more
      • Flipped Classroom - Rachel Yakey, Tue Nov 25 07:41
        I used Brainshark and an online resource called Powtoon. Your students would love it! They can even make videos for their book reports, etc. A lot of people make actually videos of themselves, but we ... more
        • Resources - Laura Hansen, Tue Nov 25 18:55
          Thanks for sharing these resources! I'll have to check them out.
    • Re: Jennie and Rachel's presentation - Ashley Pennell, Mon Nov 24 20:14
      I enjoyed your survey responses and found it very interesting (and hopeful) that your students identified as struggling readers spoke highly of their reading. It is possible that they didn't... more
      • Re Ashley - Rachel Yakey, Tue Nov 25 07:49
        I think that struggling students are aware of their struggles and with my EC students (who seem to love the videos the most) it is really a time issue. They hate having the other students wait on... more
    • Jennie & Rachel - Melissa Boyd, Sun Nov 23 19:47
      I really enjoyed your presentation! It gave me several ideas that I think I can use in my class. I am very interested in the Flipped Classroom concept. Is this something that can also be done in... more
      • Holes - Re Melissa, Tue Nov 25 07:56
        With the student that we just worked on comprehension with, I gave her an IRI to which she scored on grade level in almost everything but comprehension. Her flash score was low in the 7-8th grade... more
      • Re: Jennie & Rachel - kimeljk, Mon Nov 24 15:17
        Melissa, I'm glad we've sparked an interest in the flipped classroom. Rachel introduced the flipped classroom concept to me and I definitely think that it can be done in the elementary school. I... more
        • flips - Melissa Boyd, Mon Nov 24 18:53
          i think I might give it a try but make it optional. This might also give parents a better picture of what is being taught in the classroom.
          • Flipped - Rachel Yakey, Tue Nov 25 09:42
            I also put review videos up before test, etc. and my students really like it. So I think it would be really go for them. There are videos already for verbs/nouns that kinda thing.
            • videos - Melissa Boyd, Tue Nov 25 10:44
              i really like the idea of posting review videos. I could post them on my class website.
    • Response to Presentation - Susan Gibson, Sun Nov 23 13:41
      • Liked Flipp - Rachel Yakey, Tue Nov 25 09:49
        I found that it saves a whole class period. With a warm up/review of homework/agenda time, I usually only have time for one big thing, which would be a PowerPoint lecture review. Now I have a class... more
      • student recordings - Melissa Boyd, Tue Nov 25 07:18
        My first graders learned the recording process quickly. I feel it is important for them to hear how they sound when reading. At first grade, they hear nothing wrong with their own reading, but... more
      • Re: Response to Presentation - kimeljk, Mon Nov 24 15:32
        Susan, Yes, making the recorded readings was extremely easy. I recorded myself reading the book by using Garage Band on my iPad. When I messed up it was easy to record over myself. Rachel recommended ... more
        • Re: Response to Presentation - Will Selle, Mon Dec 1 07:59
          This is a great technology tool! I use Garage Band to record students, and I have also recorded an example of quality work. Another even easier app if you want to just do recordings is called... more
        • Taped Readings - Susan Gibson, Mon Nov 24 18:01
          I'm glad you shared that information. I am having to split up one of my reading groups and was thinking of a way to tackle students reading instructional level text on their own. But I think this... more
          • Recordings - Rachel Yakey, Tue Nov 25 09:56
            Susan, I have also used my Voice Memos on my phone, computer, iPad to record. Then I email it to myself and upload it to my website or I leave it on the iPad for them to get in class.
          • recordings - Melissa Boyd, Mon Nov 24 18:59
            i have had parent volunteers record books. It has worked great!
            • parent assistance - Susan Gibson, Mon Nov 24 21:19
              What a great idea! I just might have to try that!
              • parent volunteers - Melissa Boyd, Tue Nov 25 07:21
                i have also books recorded by our principal, other teachers, and people in our community (mayor, policeman, etc). I include a photo of the recorder with a short biography. The children really love... more
      • Re Susan - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 16:54
        I agree that taped readings are the most beneficial. It was really easy to get set up because all year I use my website, so students are really familiar with it. I just showed them the tab for their... more
        • re Rachel - Susan Gibson, Mon Nov 24 18:06
          Wow juggling five groups sounds intense! I'm glad this has been working for you. I think I am going to use this with one of my reading groups I am going to have to split up! I like the idea of... more
    • differentiation - hodgete, Sat Nov 22 12:31
      Grouping students by achievement is a great way to target certain skills that students with similar achievements need to work on. I liked how you included video clips of your students reading. The... more
      • Taped Readings - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 13:19
        I really think it was the taped readings that pushed them to improve. It was after they read a long, stopped the tape, and reread the page, that I heard real gains in their fluency. The flipped... more
    • Response - Emily Fox, Thu Nov 20 20:57
      Differentiation is definitely a buzzword in education these days. I think that studying how it affects students in a middle school classroom provides a unique twist. I appreciated the videos you... more
      • male student fluency - Stacy, Sat Nov 22 16:23
        What struck me in Emily's response was how well this went with the male students. Why do you think it had such a positive effect on the male students? Making growth in skills can be very difficult... more
        • Re Stacy - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 13:13
          I think with this particular student and another in the group that wasn't a focal student, was their motivation. K is a really good student that tries to do his best on everything. M really liked the ... more
      • Overwhelming - Rachel Yakey, Sat Nov 22 09:47
        Emily, Differentiation does require a lot of prep work (as you know) and I think it becomes overwhelming when trying to fill the gaps in reading instruction like we are being taught. I normally... more
        • differentiation and motivation - catheyt, Sun Nov 23 11:57
          I was also wondering how this would impact your instruction in the future. I can imagine the challenge of differentiating instruction when you have a limited amount of time and MANY students to... more
          • differentiation - Melissa Boyd, Tue Nov 25 10:39
            Differentiation can be quite a juggling act. I color code stations that are differentiated. This helps for independent work when I am working with small groups. It does take extra time to plan and... more
          • Student Awareness - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 13:09
            I think the thing that makes it so hard to differentiate is that they aren't used to it anymore. They are so used to whole class instruction that it is hard for them to work on something while... more
            • boys motivation - catheyt, Sun Nov 23 18:20
              The boys and their reactions reminds me of the class we took with Dr. Meyers last year. Boys so often have this stereo typical view of themselves as (non)readers. It sounds like your students own... more
              • Graphic Novels - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 19:12
                I do read a graphic novel, actually I talked my school into buying American Born Chinese because it fit our social studies curriculum. :) My "non-reader" boys read in a day and half. I also an not as ... more
            • non-readers - Stacy, Sun Nov 23 18:18
              Some of my students say the same thing about not reading. I have read some research that talks about the decline in reading as the students enter middle school and that continues into high school.... more
              • Changing it up - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 19:13
                Hey Stacy, Do you mean how to I plan to keep the differentiation fresh?
                • change up - Stacy, Sun Nov 23 19:32
                  Yes - how will you keep differentiation fresh?
                  • Re change up - Rachel Yakey, Mon Nov 24 07:23
                    That is a great question. I'm not sure if changing interventions will be necessary in every area. It seems a lot of years of research has gone into the repeated readings, taped readings, etc. So I'm... more
                    • response to Rachel - Stacy, Tue Nov 25 08:18
                      I agree that the basic need to stay the same. I am always thinking about ways to change certain parts up so that the students stay engaged. I like the videos, and think that you are doing a great job.
    • Flipped Classroom - noltja, Wed Nov 19 23:32
      Nice job on the presentation! Very interesting. I respect the fact that you decided not to use the Horizon's program based on the needs of your classroom. I am so intrigued by the flipped classroom... more
      • Flipped Videos - Rachel Yakey, Thu Nov 20 19:51
        I do use specific video curriculum and because of that, my colleague and I usually make the videos ourselves to make sure that it is very specific to what we want to teach. The video length depends... more
        • Re: Flipping Curriculum - sellewc, Mon Dec 1 20:55
          I'm sure you already have a way around this, but how do you include students without internet access? I know its 2014, but there are still students at my school that aren't connected, I'm sure its... more
          • Technology Issues - Rachel Yakey, Wed Dec 3 22:05
            I assign the video in advance, if I can't, then I book a lab so that everyone can get it done on time. I make sure that the videos are cell phone friendly, YouTube, etc. because a lot of my parents... more
      • Re: Flipped Classroom - kimeljk, Thu Nov 20 13:00
        Jessica, Rachel introduced this concept to me because it is used more in the middle school and upper grades, but I think it is something that 4th and 5th graders would enjoy. Rachel knows more about... more
        • Flipped! - noltja 65, Thu Nov 20 13:21
          Wow, that's a very informative video and page. This is such an interesting idea. I can only imagine how much this would have worked for my dreaded high school math classes. What a great topic for... more
          • Math videos - Rachel Yakey, Thu Nov 20 19:57
            I think it would help in a lot of classrooms as well. I know that I have used Youtube videos a ton to learn how to knit, etc. so I thought why not in my room? Just to clarify what Jennie said, not... more
            • Flipping - noltja, Thu Nov 20 20:18
              I wondered about students that didn't have access to computers at home. I love this idea! It reminds me of the lecture models that many of us are watching in grad school. When done well, they feel... more
              • Re Flipping - Rachel Yakey, Sat Nov 22 07:28
                Thank you, they are really fun to make as well!
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