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Blog: Friday, March 15th, 2019

Striving for Success

Reading comprehension is a foundational skill that transcends age, grade, and subject. It is often said that every teacher, no matter what they teach, is a teacher of reading. At Sandy Hill Elementary, intermediate teachers have been working hard to support the reading needs of students in grades 4 and 5 through the Changing Results for Striving Readers (CR4SR) initiative. With the help of Kaylie Rooke and the Curriculum department, teachers have begun a self-directed inquiry that focuses on explicitly teaching non-fiction strategies in order to improve students’ understanding of text.

The collaboration that has occurred amongst classroom, LSS and LLC teachers has been inspiring. Working together, teachers are creating common assessments and comparing (and sharing!) teaching strategies in order to meet the needs of all learners. Future plans include expanding classroom libraries to offer more extensive non-fiction choices for students and examining opportunities for co-teaching centered around common reading themes and strategies.

At the heart of it all is student learning. The CR4SR team examines reading interests, behaviours, and assessment data to meet the individualized needs of the students in our building. Teachers are energized by the teamwork and camaraderie that has evolved from this initiative, and the students are reaping the rewards. Just as the learners that we work with are striving for success, so too are we as educators seeking to reach new heights. We are excited to see where this journey will take us!

KYLE FEATHERSTONE
Vice-Principal, Sandy Hill Elementary