This is a blog post from Kathy Shada for all 3rd-5th grade teachers. If you don't follow Kathy's blog, you might want to subscribe, so you will get the same info your teachers receive regarding the ELAR curriculum.
Welcome back to the second semester. Hopefully you have settled in for the second half of the school year and observed that all your hard work during first semester seems to miraculously have sunk into your students' heads over the break. We all know that along with looking forward to Spring Break, STAAR is weighing heavily on our minds as the testing dates draw closer every day.
I received an email yesterday announcing a series of webinars put on by Region 10. On the Road to STAAR Success is for teachers of grades 3 and up and explores both reading and writing. The webinars begin on Thursday, Feb. 6 and occur every Thursday through March 6 from 3:30-4:30. You may watch them live OR you may view them after the original airing since they will each be archived. Robin Fox is conducting each of the sessions and she is fabulous. I've attached to this blog entry the flyer with all the information . Please don't hesitate to call me if you need help with registering. I just registered for all five sessions and it's a breeze.
So choose one that you most need (Making the Reading/Writing Connection on 2/6, Making Inferences and Development of Ideas on 2/13, Vocabulary and Word Choice on 2/20, Summarization and Organization on 2/27, and Monitoring Comprehension and Revision on 3/6) or plan to watch all five. It's up to you.
This is a great opportunity to tweak your understanding of the standards assessed on STAAR reading and writing, to perhaps find that "magical" explanation or tool to help you get it across to those students who still don't get it, and to attend staff development in your jammies and fuzzy slippers while sipping your favorite beverage (if you watch them from the archive).
I told you I wouldn't post often, only when I had something really important to offer, so, what can you infer about these sessions? If you inferred nothing, make sure you watch the session on Feb. 13! Happy viewing.