I’ve followed Carol, from Carol’s Corner for at least a year. I love when she blogs about her boys, when she blogs about her class, when she blogs about Donald Graves and I especially loved when she did the ‘slice’ challenge last year.
A while ago, she was talking about hearing the great early educator Sharon Taberski talk about how important ‘background knowledge’ is and how we jump so quickly to teach a new strategy when what they really need is the BK, that’s what I like to call it.
This is going to be a little bit of true confessions…right now…I hope I don’t get in trouble when I say it…I love the Tooth Fairy passage on this particular assessment in 2nd grade. Every week we have to do a passage , a one minute, fluency timing and it serves as a record of their progress, or a lack of progress in reading, imagine a timed one minute passage…sigh…I know most of you know what I’m talkin’ about. Well, I discovered last year that my second graders did amazingly well on the ‘tooth fairy’ passage, I mean, they actually read about twenty-five words faster than they normally do.
Well, this year, I confess, I gave the tooth fairy passage twice…to boost their sweet little reading hearts.They did great the first time they took it and they did great the second time also. Each one said, after the passage, ‘wow, that was a good story and I did good.’ Bless their sweet little trying hearts, they all know about those fairies that visit under their pillows many times during grades one and two. BK, the one acronym that matters…and I just might give that same passage again before this year is out. Just thought of something, maybe my first graders would do well on it too…kinders…they can’t wait until the tooth fairy comes to visit… hmm…
and so it goes.
and so it goes.
Snip snap, over and out:)