Parent Teacher Conference & Middle School Literacy Skills
What’s Happening in the Optimal Learning Center?
Parent Teacher Conference – April 17, 2012
All Middle School and High School resource students are invited to make an appointment to meet with the resource specialist at their child’s grade level on April 17, 2012.
The conference presents an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and to talk about recommendations for the following year.
Middle School Literacy Skills: An Elective that Provides a Boost!
Literacy Skills is a class in the middle school through the Optimal Learning Center (OLC) that is designed to teach students strategies that will foster the comprehension skills, reading fluency, and writing skills that are essential for success in all academic areas.
In addition to the writing instruction, two new reading programs were implemented this year. The first semester, students are introduced to the SRA Reading Laboratory. A well known and time tested program, it provides individualized skills instruction, permits independent work, promotes students’ sense of responsibility and lets each student move at his or her own rate, according to individual ability. Not only that, the reading material is a balanced collection of fiction and nonfiction short stories and articles providing a great deal of incidental learning about plants, animals, history, science, technology, discovery, and much more that students truly enjoy reading.
The second reading program is called Thinking Reader which was introduced via a novel called Bud, Not Buddy, at the beginning of the second semester. The goal of this program is to increase students’ reading comprehension by training them to read strategically using a grade level novel. Thinking Reader employs the following seven proven reading comprehension strategies – summarize, question, clarify, predict, visualize, feeling and reflect. By teaching students to find comfort in using these strategies, Thinking Reader not only increases reading comprehension, it gives students tools that they can apply in an organized way, independently, with any piece of literature, whenever they are having difficulty comprehending what they read.