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.”
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
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