As primary educators, we know that our students need a TON of direct instruction in phonics, comprehension, grammar, writing, and even collaborative conversations. Being able to do all of this while also integrating direct instruction in Science, Social Studies, differentiated Guided Reading groups, and implementing necessary 21st Century skills can be a lot to manage. These, along with others, are the reasons for why my district chose to adopt the McGraw Hill Wonders Reading program for this school year. In this blog post, you’ll read a little about my initial reaction to our training as well as some questions for you to consider when planning out your year.
Do you find yourself wanting a fun and engaging way to get real-time data on your students’ phonics skills? Sure you can pull your students aside for old-school assessments but that is not fun for you OR for them. Today, I wanted to share with you an easy-to-make Typing Center using Google Forms. You’ll not only get the real-time data in an easy-to-read spreadsheet, you’ll also have an engaging center for your students during their ELA computer time.