I teach first grade in a fun, vibrant and positive little school. Every teacher strives to make each lesson, both in and out of the classroom, count, and matter. We help each other, we support each other, we make each other laugh and we share everything we have in terms of knowledge, materials and our time to make each of our days the best they can be.
My students come from all walks of life carrying their own special stories to share.
I have already begun excitedly planning my year with all of them! I know some from teaching an older sibling. I know some from having them in my afternoon bus room. And I know some from just talking with them or playing with them on the playground during recess duty. But, no matter how I know them, I know that I have just begun to peel the layers that make them who they are.
With a lot of emphasis being placed on children being able to read independently for a long period of time, I feel the need to provide them with as many resources as possible to help them grow as readers. The Hear Myself Sound Phones is one of those resources. Many times during Reader's Workshop, I am conferring and working with just 4 to 5 students at a time, leaving the other 15 students to read on their own.
With the use of our "phones", students can improve their reading fluency, improve their reading expression, help them self correct mistakes while they are reading and have also been proven to be a GREAT resource for many ESL learners!
With the help of the various strategies and skills I have taught them, the phones will allow my students to be responsible for their reading time. I also feel this is another way to help them begin to develop into the independent learners we try to help them become.
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