I'm having a bit of a HARD time with the planning process for my classes. The problem comes with not knowing if I will be hosting kiddos for 20 minutes or 42. For those of you non-teachers, I am sure you can understand, but for those teacher readers out there, it is a huge part of planning! They keep telling me they are in the process of creating my classes, but I am supposed to start with students on Monday...IT'S FRIDAY!
I have spent a lot of time observing this past week, and getting ideas for my class sessions, but it is still really hard to plan without actually seeing the test scores and needs of my students. I've done some discussing with other language specialists, and gotten a LOT of ideas and I think I have it narrowed down to a plan for all of my classes of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders:
1. Sustained Silent Reading 15 minutes (hoping that I will have my students for 42 minutes)
2. 5-day rotation between current event comprehension skills, Humanities (social studies) comprehension, vocabulary development, fictional elements and skills, and choice comprehension.
3. Throw in fluency 3 out of the 5 days of that rotation and that will be my class!
I will not have students 5 days a week. The students will follow an A/B schedule, so I will see them every other day.
As you can see, this rotation includes A LOT of reading comprehension. No matter what, kiddos need to work on reading comprehension. In the first 5-day rotation, I will spend time getting to know the students skills, personalities, and re-teaching the basics of reading intervention. We will go over strategies in reading and skills they can use in everyday reading.
This is not a "set in stone" deal. I haven't gone over this plan with the principal because he hasn't had a whole lot of time to meet with me. Hopefully I will meet his expectations for this program. The school is kind of putting a lot on my plate as a Long Term Substitute, but I think this has the potential to be great experience for me for my future job prospects.
This post is kind of TO BE CONTINUED... not sure what will happen. Today could lead to more understanding, or it might not. We'll see!