Livonia central school is a community of learners where all will pursue world class standards The entire community will continue to take great pride in the school’s program of excellence and its climate of respect and trust
Livonia Central School will create the conditions so that each student will successfully meet the challenges and opportunities to achieve and thrive in a changing world.
A shared responsibility between school and home is advantageous to student well being
Students pursue different pathways to success leading to a future that requires high expectations and continuous improvement
A safe and nurturing school environment is essential for learning to take place.
Instruction should engage all learners and challenge them to achieve their maximum potential
Students are partners in the pursuit of excellence, not mere recipients of service
“ AIS stands for Academic Intervention Services. This is a service for all students who need reading and writing support in any or all content area classes. My focus is to encourage students, who have not already done so, to enjoy the reading and writing experience. Before students can do this, they must know what they like to read and what level reading is comfortable for independent reading. I try to assist students in finding books that they are truly interested in and can read without too much difficulty.”
Reading is a thinking process. It’s taking ideas from the written word and connecting them up with your own ideas. In order to read one has to learn specific skills such as decoding before they can read, but also have to have a good language background. Need to be able to process language before they can read.
What expectations do you have when teaching reading?
First students will be able to understand vocabulary, the necessary language background so they can understand the words that they are reading. They also would be able to connect what they read to what they already know. They would learn new ideas from reading, unlock new knowledge. Reading is a life time hobby, not something just to do for school Be able to talk about books in a social setting.
As a teacher what reading instruction do you primarily use? Are there other reading instruction resources available for your use?
I would use a variety of materials, both fiction, and nonfiction. I use materials like that my students would be interested in. try to connect the materials with their lives, and the content area materials. Reading A-Z, Weekly reader Not textbooks (to hard) Charts, Graph and diagrams (science) Reading instruction is geared more towards content area.
Textbooks are available to my students but it’s too difficult. My students need something more simplified.
Do you utilize grouping during reading instruction? If yes, what type of grouping do you use (i.e. flexible, strategic etc.)
Yes, flexible, some kid’s process more slowly, some can decode but don’t comprehend. No set reading groups. Depends on the task. Some kids can’t decode at all, need to be read to. Sometime I mix them up and use heterogeneous and how well they work together. More by personalities of students
Interview with a Junior High Self- Contained Teacher
What reading assessments do you use with your students and what are your thoughts about them?
Used to use IRI (Informal Reading Inventory) - Read passages, scoring
CRI (Critical Reading Inventory) is used by other teachers.
The Wilson approach used to be in the school. It is a phonetic approach to decoding. This method doesn’t work for a lot of kids because they don’t have the proper phonemic awareness. Used with younger, dyslexic students. Need to find an assessment and program that fits for the kid, not all programs are good fits for the kids
In your opinion does the community provide enough literacy for students to read on their own?
Not really, maybe I’m not aware of it. The school does a lot with reading. Reading competitions for stronger readers are common. Not much for weaker kids.
I find that it’s more up to the parents to get their kids to read or participate in summer reading program.
Summer Special Skills program in reading and math
The Community as a whole doesn’t do much, only the library and the summer reading program. The school does put a fairly big emphasis on reading.
What would you like see change?
I would like to see a summer reading camp. Bring in famous authors and have book talks in the school library, as I feel it would be attended by more people there.
Book Club for the primary school Important to start the love of reading at the Primary level to build the love of reading
Kids should be reading every night, fun reading, and not content area reading.
Reading means learning about people and places, ideas and experiences, discovering yourself and others. It engages you in a way that movies and TV cannot.
What are your expectations of the reading instruction at Livonia?
My expectations are that my child will love reading and have the skills to explore any genre of reading that interests her. If she values reading and becomes a lifelong reader, I would consider the program a success.
In your opinion, does the community provide enough literacy for your student, whether it is reading, or writing.
Yes, I believe that literacy is highly valued at Livonia. Students are given a wealth of reading experiences. There are numerous opportunities for expression, not only in writing but in the excellent theatre program.
What would you change?
Perhaps the addition of a Book Club for the Primary School would enhance the program.
What do you and your child do during the summer months in regards to reading and literacy?
Hurray for Summer. It gives us more time to read. We read nightly at bedtime, make weekly trips to the library, attend plays when possible. Maybe this summer we will try keeping a journal of our adventures.
Many teachers send home weekly newsletters about what is going on in their classroom. While the school principals (at least in the intermediate does) sends home a monthly newsletter/calendar regarding up coming events. A school calendar is sent out in the beginning of the year.
Literacy is promoted through the rich history of Livonia that is discussed on signs around town.
Besides the basics of road signs, and other types of signs there is not much in the way of promotion literacies practices.
More promotion of literacy and the value of education instead of the promotion of sports or other activities.
Replace the basal programs with more authentic reading instruction such as the Daily 5 and Café methods.
Reading buddies. Pair older students with younger students to have them read and practice literacy together.
Promotion and encouragement to join the book clubs. Before finding these on the Libraries’ webpage I have never heard of them. Also with the Book Swap. I only saw this take place with 5 th graders who had brought in books to swap. I would like to see all students in all grades be able to participate.
Guest Read Aloud in the classrooms and school/public library.
A bigger focus on authentic learning and using authentic learning practices in classrooms.