Monday, September 30, 2013

Fiction Response Freebie and Co-Teaching, Anyone???

I just checked to see if Farley's Currently was set to go for October, but I guess I'll have to wait a day. I've been super busy this past month wrapping my head around the new school year and trying hard to set routines that will last the whole year. 

Now that it's almost October, I am feeling like things are falling in place nicely. But, oh, was it painful at times to get to this place. I feel like a broken record half the time! WBT is going well, but I still have so much to learn! Daily 5 is well underway, and we just learned about Listen to Reading today (more on using Storia for this when I post the October Currently later this week). The CAFE menu is filling up as we focus/learn new reading strategies. Writing Workshop has been launched, and we are ready to dive into personal narratives. EDM is EDM (I don't particularly love math...if you know me, you know this already). 

Here's the million dollar question....If you are currently co-teaching, what does it look like in your classroom? What type of teacher do you co-teach with (reading, learning support, autistic support, speech/language)? How often do you co-teach? This year, I have a student who receives LS services, and I am fortunate to be working with his learning support. The LS teacher delivers services in the regular classroom. We are working well together, but we are not quite sure how our co-teaching is supposed to look since this is new to both of us. Currently, the LS teacher will confer with the student (he's there during Rdg Workshop) and work on his reading goals (from his IEP). He is also in the classroom for math, so he has been pulling a small group (with his student) to teach the same lesson I'm teaching the larger group. We like this format, but are wondering how everyone else co-teaches.

I've updated my Fiction Response Sampler Pack (click on image above to grab your free copy). As I need a response, I create it. Then, I use it with my firsties and tweak it to make it better. This pack will continue to grow until finished, so be sure to come back to my store often to check for updates. Once it's finished, it will become a paid item. 

The students are all able to complete them with success, and they become a great assessment tool. This year, our school (K-2) is creating literacy binders to house items related to each child's reading life. The text responses will become part of this binder, and it will be shared with parents. 
Don't forget to click on the image above to get it for FREE in my store. 

By the way, have you read A Bad Case of Tattletongue?   
It is a hilarious story about a tattler named Josh. After his mom warns him about Tattle Tongue, the Tattle Prince visits Josh during the night. He teaches Josh the 4 Tattle Rules and teaches him the difference between a tell and a tattle. I've referred to this book about a billion times since we've read it. The kids and I LOVED this book! You've got to check it out! 


  1. Co-teaching looks a lot like what you described in our building. The LS teacher supports the students and makes sure that the IEP is being met. Additionally, she pulls small groups of students to work with on the skill or concept being taught by the classroom teacher.

    :) Wendy
    Read With Me ABC

  2. Hey, Wendy! Thanks for your comment. It's a learning curve, but I think we are doing the same kind of thing.

  3. Co-teaching is similar in our school as well. The LS teacher will work with the teacher to make sure goals are met, but will also work on reinforcing what the classroom teachers is working on. I don't have too much experience with it myself...I think the most important thing would be having a good personality match! Thanks for the freebies!!!! I need tattle tongue for home and school!
    Two Friends In First

  4. Hey, Kheila! Thanks for the comment. Yes, I agree that there has to be a good personality match. We work well together (and laugh together), so I am very fortunate. I LOVE Tattle Tongue. Just today, when someone tried to tattle, I said, "Are you being a Danger Ranger?" Too funny! They get it, though!