Thanks to our Literacy Coach the entire third grade team (three classes) is participating in Academic Parent Teacher Teams. You can read more about these teams at our coach’s blog, BigTime Literacy. We decided to focus on reading data and strategies this year.The idea behind them is to share data and give parents strategies to help their kids.
At our first meeting we gave parents their child’s reading level and strategies to help with inference and character traits. We noticed while doing the initial F&P testing that this was a major weakness across the grade. You can see our presentation here.
Last week we had our second meeting. Ten out of our twenty-five families were present. We shared the student’s reading data, information about Standards Based Grading, and strategies to help students with evaluating texts. You can see our second presentation here.
Parents were able to learn strategies and set goals for their children. Most parents were able to see that their child met the goals they set in the fall. So exciting! Our third meeting is set for May where we will focus on ways for parents to help prevent a summer slump. We are not getting paid for these meetings, they are not part of our contract, and they require a huge amount of preparation and planning. However, the fantastic progress students are making is worth it!