Monday, January 27, 2014

FREE Teaching Reading and Teaching Multiage Resources

I just wanted to share two great finds (that are FREE) that I came across this week!

The first is for all teachers: http://www.readworks.org/
http://www.readworks.org/
This site is a great resource for reading teachers of all grade levels!  You can search by reading level (you can find reading level correlation sheets in many places, an example is here) if you need to convert it to the leveled system that your school uses.  Once you have determined the level that you want, you can see reading passages and questions for a given skill that you are working on.  Or, you can choose the skill you are working on and find passages at various levels so that you can find something for your entire class!  There are both fiction and non-fiction sets available, including some that you could use to enhance your science/social studies instruction.  Plus, students could take them home to practice their reading skills there as well!

The second site is a resource for multi-grade teachers but could be of use to single grade teachers as well:  http://educationnorthwest.org/resource/1680

Education Northwest 
This site has several downloadable books that are ready to load onto your tablet for professional development on how to improve your multi-grade classroom.  Although it is aimed at rural classrooms, I think that there is some great information in there, especially for those new to multi-grade classrooms!

Here is some information from the site:

“The Multigrade Classroom” is a seven-book series that provides an overview of research on multigrade instruction, identifies key issues teachers face in a multigrade setting, and offers resources for multigrade teachers. Produced in 1999 under the Rural Education Program to address multigrade teacher training in rural areas, the handbooks are also applicable to schools in other settings and are among the few practical resources available on the topic. The books define multigrade instruction as grouping children of two or more grade spans with diverse ability levels into a single classroom where they “are encouraged to share experiences involving intellectual, academic, and social skills.” 

Titles Include:
-Review of the Research on Multigrade Instruction
-Classroom Organization
-Classroom Management and Discipline
-Instructional Organization, Curriculum, and Evaluation
-Instructional Delivery and Grouping
-Self Directed Learning
-Planning and Using Peer Tutoring

I hope that one or both of these resources will be helpful to you!



2 comments:

  1. Wow! Thanks for sharing these great finds! I am off to dig around on Read Words! I'm your newest follower!

    :) Ash
    The Rolly Chair

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    1. Glad to be of help:) I am your newest follower as well!

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