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Caron Johnson
Literacy Coach

Click here to visit Ms. Johnson's website for great resources to help your child become a better reader.

“It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations-something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different than their own.”

-          Katherine Patterson

This year, Williamson County has implemented an uninterrupted 90 minute literacy block in all grade levels, using a balanced literacy approach. During this 90 minute block, students participate in whole group instruction for a total of 30 minutes and small group instruction for a total of 60 minutes. Through this model, teachers address the grade level learning targets to the whole class each day then meet with students in a small group setting to address their specific literacy needs at least every other day. While the teacher is working with students in a small group setting, the remaining students are working on purposeful practice activities, such as learning stations, reflective journaling, partner reading, accountable talk, skill practice, word sorts, novel studies, and independent reading with accountability.

Throughout the week I spend 20-30 minutes in each classroom, grades k-5. During this time, I work with teachers to model whole group or small group lessons or work with students in a small group setting. While in small groups, I work with students who are struggling on a specific phonics or literacy skill, students who need to gain confidence by reading with an adult, students who need help to become more fluent readers, or students who need enrichment activities.

In addition to my time in the classrooms, I also pull small groups of students in each grade level for Tier 2B intervention time, as outlined by Williamson County’s RTI (Response to Intervention) Model. These students have been identified as needing additional instruction in one of the five components of literacy through various screeners. I meet with these students 3 times each week for 30 minutes to provide instruction to directly target the specific need of that group. I am available for teacher or parent conferencing or for literacy testing.

 


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