November 4, 2016

End of Term One

How far we have come!
Most students have Intermediate High to Advanced Low level skills in listening to narratives, and in reading narratives.  Those receptive skills develop faster than the productive skills.
Most students have Intermediate Low skills in writing.  What is needed for them to move up is greater accuracy and the ability to narrate in multiple timeframes.
I do not assess speaking at this point, but my instinct is that many of them have Novice High skills.  Able to start attempting full sentences and using phrases and creating with the language, not just using memorized language chunks.
Taking three days for assessments was a nice way to end the term, as the students and I are so proud of what we have accomplished in one term.  I hope to keep teaching this bunch through the end of eighth grade, and I can hardly wait to see what they do after seven more terms!

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About Lanny Ball

For more than 23 years, Lanny has taught, coached, presented, staff developed, and consulted within the exciting and enigmatic world of literacy. With unyielding passion and belief in the possibility of workshop teaching, Lanny has worked to support students, teachers, and school administrators around the country in outgrowing themselves as both writers and readers. Working first as a classroom teacher, then as a coach and TCRWP Staff Developer, Lanny is now a literacy and reading consultant in Northwestern Connecticut. Outside of literacy, he enjoys raising his three ambitious young daughters with his wife, and playing the piano. Find him on Twitter @LannyBall, as well as his literacy blog: lannyball.com or lannyball.blog.

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