“Read for your life!” Mr. C. whispered the mantra, then after a dramatic pause he bellowed, “READ! For. Your. LIFE!” The third graders giggled at his hand flourish – a final embellishment to the declaration. Mr. P. wasn’t much for visual slogans or detailed anchor charts. These he made up for in his theatrical pronouncements of kid-friendly wisdom. I marveled at his ability to create wonder as a student teacher in his Atlanta classroom.
Four years later I am delighted to incorporate these sage words into my classroom. We use it as a call and response to begin guided reading, and I can’t help but think Mr. C. is cheering us on from the peach state. Ever the fan of ed tech, He would also be thrilled to hear about the reading program we’re piloting.
Lexia Core 5 is a researched based computer program for elementary. My middle school students used the upper level as an intervention last year, but I did not supervise directly. I’m excited to begin the pilot for two reasons:
1.) Progress monitoring and individualized practice: unlike our current computer block program (destination reading) tracking and adjusting student practice in Lexia is straight forward.
2.) More quality reading time! Read for your life kids.