A New Literacy Journey

A Literacy Journey

The empowering journey of reviewing ELA materials has begun! Our district is in the process of a new adoption and pretty  literacy materials alongside the integration of amazing new technology can initially sway my opinion. While new materials were shared last week, I was focused on how I could fit instructional materials and foundations into my current literacy values.  Hence, it was time for a paradigm shift!

After listening to significant guiding thoughts from our Instructional Coach, Dani Burtsfield, in collaboration with Dr. Mary Howard, it is essential to reflect on what we value and what we do not value in literacy instruction before we begin to review and purchase instructional materials. It seemed so obvious when I type it… however, I completely missed it. The photo above includes materials that have been graciously shared by authentic literacy loving colleagues in our district. I asked to borrow these after I reflected on my own instructional literacy values.

  1. Formative assessment guides the intentional, explicit, and systematic instruction of:
    1. Phonemic Awareness
    2. Phonics/Spelling
    3. Vocabulary
    4. Fluency
    5. Comprehension
  2. Intentional and explicit strategy instruction and practice
  3. Rich literature continuously in the hands of students
  4. Interactive read alouds shared by students and teachers
  5. Consistent differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all learners
  6. Guided writing instruction, practice, and presentation
  7. Reading is writing and writing is reading

OK! Now, I am ready to proceed with the ELA material review! 🙂

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