CCSS Reading Standards – Some Thoughts

child thinkingOver the past decade NCLB has required teachers to focus on decoding, factual recall and comprehension of the text read. The CCSS is asking teachers to focus on the higher level comprehension skills.  Remember Bloom’s Taxonomy?  Today’s student have not had explicit instruction in  analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing textual information. Students will need these skills broken down into easily manageable steps and practice them over and over. Teachers will need new ways to assess these skills – fact recall and comprehension are much easier to “grade.”  I believe the use of graphic organizers can help scaffold progress toward there more difficult skills.

When I think back to my days in the classroom, I remember getting students to “think” about something they had read was always difficult.  The typical answer was “I don’t know.” I recommend having students use a “Reading Notebook” in which they keep all their thoughts, questions, and thinking activities which could then be used to monitor the growth of each student.  Teachers will need to provide direct instruction in these thinking skills and for a while activities in their reading notebooks may need to be done together. Then slowly start backing off direct instruction one skill at a time.

 

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About Lucy Salerno

I have been a resident of Fairfield for over 25 years and have 30 years’ teaching experience in California K – 6 schools. I have been a music teacher, band and choral director, elementary teacher in grades K – 6, a district level technology coordinator teaching, and an elementary school administrator. In 2011, my most recent school, Scandia Elementary, on Travis Air Force Base, was awarded the California Distinguished School Award for work and programs implemented under my watch. Because of my broad educational background, I know and understand what is needed in today's difficult educational environment. I have taught writing to children in numerous grades as a core subject as well as integrating writing into other curricula areas. I retired a few years ago from the Travis Unified School District, I love working with children, and am now dedicating my services and skills in support of your children. Through love and patience, I hope to understand a child's needs, meet them where they are, build self-confidence and develop a life-long love of learning.
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