I’d like to take this time to introduce myself. My name is Fay Zoccole. I am the Literacy Specialist for AKRC and participation schools. I have 10 years experience as a qualified teacher with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. During the past years, I have also kept up todate with current changes in Education. I see myself as a lifelong learner and have achieved credentials as a Specialist in both Special Education and Reading. When I am not at work, I am a mother of 3 children: Jaimee is 18, Matthew is 11 and Aaryn is 8 years old. Also I am a housewife.
I would like to add the point: As many of our schools have 2 or 3 grades in each class, this will help teachers reach every single student in the area that they student requires assistance in. This program brings teachers together to plan for student differences and areas of strengths.
Directors of Education, Principals and Lead Literacy Teachers were given a quick discussion on what First Steps is all about.Some principals have stressed that they would like to have the Lead Literacy Teacher trained as a facilitator for using and teaching the rest of the teaching staff how to use First Steps Continuum.At this point, we are look at the end of June for this 8 day workshop to run by an instructor from Pearson Education.
What is first steps reading and writing continuum
What is First Steps Reading and Writing Continuum? <br />
First Steps ™ is a literacy framework that helps teachers to deliver effective, balanced programs in reading,writing, spelling, and oral language.<br />
Intensive staff development ensures that teachers link assessment withinstruction, and provides a rich repertoire of strategies to build the literacy skills of all students, including those with special needs.<br />
Literacy Lead Teachers are chosen.<br />Webinar – introducing First Steps READING Continuum to Principals, directors and Lead Literacy Teachers<br />Plan for Training : Literacy Lead Teachers will be provided with training and will serve as support to teachers in their own schools.<br />Offer and run a 2 day in-service training for teachers to become literacy coaches. <br />June 22-25 and June 28-29 = 6 days of intensive training.<br />Where are we now?<br />
First Steps Writing Continuum <br />Training for Lead Literacy Teacher in End of October?<br />Begin implantation of First Steps Writing Continuum in Middle of November?<br />
Activity<br />Get into groups of 3 or 4.<br />Topic: How to make a peanut butter and jam sandwich<br />Presentation.<br />
Using First Steps Process...<br />Why are we writing?<br />Modeled/Shared Writing<br />Interactive Writing<br />Independent Writing<br />
Whole Group Dicussion<br />What was the difference between the first assignment and the 2nd assignment?<br />Did you see differentiated teaching?<br />Self Assessment<br />