Rochelle Lee Teacher Award Study Groups are school-based professional learning communities. Study groups develop a goal to guide their learning throughout the school year, and meet monthly to discuss instruction and push their practice to reach their goal. Learn more about McClellan Elementary School’s study group and what they learned about the components of a balanced literacy program.
School: McClellan Elementary School
Text: Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding, Engagement, and Building Knowledge by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis
Study Group Leader: Laura Wojciechowski
Study Group Members: Kelly Harmon, Rita McArdle, Jennifer Schrock, Alex Rulvalcaba
Goal: By the end of the year, struggling readers will be able to demonstrate an improvement in comprehension by selecting a comprehension strategy from a choice board and applying it independently. With this text, we will find concrete strategies for improving comprehension among students.
Using this text in the future would be helpful to plan out the chapters to read based on the curriculum so the strategies and lessons would correlate with what we plan to teach. Moving forward next year, we will have a better plan to use the strategies within our curriculum. The main impact this book has on our teaching practices is coming up with more lessons to help our students with great reader strategies for improving comprehension.