Wide reading program middle years


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This presentation outlines a Wide Reading Program and details its introduction to English classes in the middle years of schooling. Some challenges encountered in the introduction and establishment of this program are also discussed. The evolution of formats for collection and presentation of evidence based data are also outlined

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Wide reading program middle years

  1. 1. ASLA XXII Conference Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview Introducing and Establishing a Wide Reading Program in The Middle Years of SchoolingNerelie TeeseTeacher LibrarianRosstrevor Middle SchoolBrighton Grammar School
  2. 2. Wide Reading Program Experiences The Southport School, Qld; BSHS, Ipswich Qld Echuca College, Vic; BGS, Melbourne, Vic
  3. 3. Definition of Terms� Middle Years of Schooling: Years 7 & 8 (at Rosstrevor)� Wide Reading: Student selected reading, not from a prescribed list� Wide Reading Program: A platform or scaffold supporting regular Library based reading time/lessons in all English classes
  4. 4. The Wide Reading Program� Regular English class ‘Reading Time’ in the Library, weekly/fortnightly (depending on timetable)� Students set reading goal for the term� Students record reading details� Students are accountable� Students are responsible� Students are successful
  5. 5. Wide Reading Record Reading Record Term One, Semester OneThis Term, I plan on reading _______ books Date Title Author Comments / Response
  6. 6. Feedback & Reporting: an evolutionary process� 2008 (Semester 1) Initial Word Document Report emailed to teachers� Pros: a ‘running record’ of student progress and achievement with room for observational comments; student generated data; evidence based data� Cons: time consuming, clumsy due to cumulative nature, not ‘user friendly’ for teachers; printing hard copies used too much paper; retrieving extracts (if required) also difficult
  7. 7. Evaluation of 2008 Wide Reading Program� A great trial for the Wide Reading Program and a definite learning experience for me� Positive feedback from teachers and students (and parents) about the program� This is a challenging project in a school that does not have an established reading culture� Teacher participation and commitment is essential for the program to be successful
  8. 8. Flick & Tick Chart Example of TL report to teachersStudent Date Reading Record Borrowed Readingname Details Goal Set Yes No Yes NoFreddy Flintoff * 01/04/09 X X 0Ricky Ponting* 01/04/09 X X 6Dicky Bird* 01/04/09 X X 6
  9. 9. � Pros: much faster to compile; student progress recorded on one page; more ‘user friendly’; individual comments still able to be included, i.e. outstanding readers, overdue books, etc� Cons: still a lengthy document due to its cumulative nature; time consuming but useful for teachers
  10. 10. 2009 Preparing for the Wide Reading Program� 2009 introductory year in my new school� Observed existing Library reading lessons/program� Identified many avoidance strategies of reluctant readers� Discussions with Head of English and Middle School Principal
  11. 11. 2010 Trial of Wide Reading Program� Just as in my previous school, not all teachers/classes participated� Not all classes attended scheduled Library sessions� Some teachers/classes ‘dropped out’� Celebrated the successes
  12. 12. 2011 Wide Reading Program Included in English Curriculum� New year, new Head of English, new start for program� Wide Reading Program information given to English teachers� Introductory lessons & Book Talks for classes
  13. 13. 2011 Changes Increased Wide Reading Classes 6 X Year 7 6 X Year 8 Streamline Reporting ProceduresCompiling information Presenting information New Format
  14. 14. 2011 Semester 1 Teacher Reports Student Reading Goal Set Reading Details Borrowed Comments Term 1 Term2 Term 1 Term 2 Term 1 Term 2� Inside cover of class folder of record books� Allows for ‘Quick & Easy’ recording and viewing of student progress� Transparent - accessible to students, teachers, parents & Admin – if required
  15. 15. 2011 Wide Reading ProgramSemester 2:� Refine existing practices� Reinvigorate teachers and students� Continue with passion
  16. 16. The dynamic school dayThis can and will impact on the Wide Reading Program
  17. 17. Introductory Steps� The Wide Reading Program must have administrative support� Discussions with English HOD, Key Teachers (subject or year level) and Principal� Attend English faculty or year level meetings to outline and explain teacher participation
  18. 18. The keys to success (a) teachersThe Key to a Successful Wide ReadingLesson is really very simple: teachers mustread with their students.
  19. 19. The keys to success (b) students Passionately introduce ‘reading for pleasure’ Encourage and develop keen readers Support reluctant readers with – the perfect book:
  20. 20. Where to from here?