Can I Share a Success Story?

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  1. YoungTeacherGuy

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    At the beginning of the year, I had a student who hated reading. She struggled immensely and mom said she'd cry at home when she had to read (I send home a Ziploc baggie each night with guided reading books at the child's reading level).

    I had a parent-teacher conference with mom in early October. She said that her daughter was not crying as much anymore and that she was seeing an improvement in her daughter's fluency and comprehension.

    Yesterday was our first day back after a week-long vacation. Mom stopped by to let me know that her daughter asked to go to Barnes and Noble during our break so she could buy some new chapter books!!! :D

    This young lady is now BENCHMARK! Yes--she has gone from high intensive/low strategic to BENCHMARK! Not only is her reading fluency improving, but her comprehension is right on point (as a result of her reading response journal entries).

    It was really hard to hold back the tears when mom was sharing this story with me. This kind of situation makes all my hard work worthwhile.
     
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    AWESOME!!! I got teary reading about it! Great job, YTG!
     
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    :celebrate:

    You deserve your own celebration!
     
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    Beaming on the young lady's behalf and yours, sir!
     
  6. MrsCK

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    Very cool! These moments make it worth the hard work.
     
  7. bondo

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    Awesome, great job to you and the student!
     
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    GREAT NEWS!!!!

    Little things like that (not that it's little, it's HUGE) sure make the job worth it!
     
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    Awesome, great, great job!

    Although I am curious exactly how your student got to this point... what's your secret? :)
     
  10. scholarteacher

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    I'm glad you shared! Love hearing good news! Congratulations on your influence on this student!
     
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    Tell me what you did!

    Also, congratulations. :lol:
     
  12. YoungTeacherGuy

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    At the beginning of the year, I assess each student in language arts and math to see where they stand. Through the testing, I’m able to see where the holes are. Knowing what their deficiencies are helps guide my instruction.
    With this particular student, I realized that she was having trouble with multisyllabic words. She didn’t know how to attack a word when she got to it. I really focus on “just right” instruction and “just right” books for my kids. Often, the stories in the Anthology aren’t appropriate for every student. Even though I don’t teach guided reading, I use guided reading books to meet my kids’ needs. I also send home guided reading books each night in a Ziploc baggie. Students write in their Reading Response Journals each night to assist them with comprehension (and writing, of course). Also, students attend RtI (regardless of their reading level) each day. In their RtI group, their individual needs are addressed for 30 minutes a day.
    Finally, this particular student just needed a little positive reinforcement and praise. One day, the light bulb went on and she said, “Oh, I get it now!” From that point on, she’s been on cloud 9 because she knows word attack skills!
    I love these kids and I feel like 2nd grade is one of the most important grades in their little lives. This is their time to get concise phonics instruction, which will help them become better readers (we focus a LOT on spelling patterns).
     
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    This is so awesome! Great job to you and her!
     
  14. PDSelementary

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    Thats great you should be proud!
     
  15. JustMe

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    Yay! That's wonderful.

    And I'm pretty sure you're an awesome teacher! :)
     

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