first year reading teacher needs HELP

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  1. lcluigs03

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    hi everyone,
    are any of you a reading specialist? if so, i need your help. it's my first year as a reading "specialist" (although i don't have my degree in it yet, so i don't call myself a specialist).

    the 2 ladies i work with only work part time and come in at noon every day. one of them is really nice and comes to me for information and i go to her...the other one comes in, shuts her door and leaves promptly when the bell rings (she and i butt heads a bit).

    i'm the only one that works with 2nd grade. that's fine. but neither of these two ladies are giving me any input on what to do. i have no mentor to go to or to give suggestions...like a first year teacher would (i've been teaching in the classroom for 5 years).

    we have AIMSweb and DRA/word analysis to make groups and i think i made them ok...granted i can only see 20 2nd graders and there are like 30 that need services.

    but i feel so lost. i come home crying everyday because i have no direction. my principal is great...he used to be a reading specialist, but he's so busy with all of the "classroom" teachers that i rarely see him and he never responds to my emails.

    what i'm asking for here is someone that i can email and ask for help...either for setting up my groups or help with lessons. i have never had to teach phonics, phonemic awareness or any of the other beginning reading things. so...i don't know what to do. we have fundations, wilson and just words, but no training to go along with it. so my question is...

    does anyone want to be my mentor and help me with lessons for my 2nd graders (the 4th and 5th graders are a bit different)? :help:

    i'd really appreciate a more experienced reading specialists help.

    let me know
    thanks
    LC
     
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    really?!?! no one?!?! :(
     
  4. kpa1b2

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    Are you currently going to school to become a reading specialist? Or were you just put into the position to help these 2nd graders?
     
  5. lcluigs03

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    i've got my temporary certification and i'm going to school to get my actual certification/master's. i took the place of a retired reading specialist.
     
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    I'm still confused. I don't know what it takes to get a temporary certification. I'm guessing that means you have a bachelor's in something & are going to school to become a teacher and will be getting a master's in teaching.

    Help me out here. What experience do you already have in working with children? What experience do you have in the classroom?

    I'm just trying to figure out how best to help you.
     
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    i stated above that i've been a classroom teacher for 5 years (3rd grade) and moved into the reading specialist position after the other one retired.

    i have my bachelor's in elementary education, temporary cert in reading k-12, working towards my master's/cert in reading.

    i just don't have a mentor for this new position...reading specialist.
     
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    Well, I am not a reading specialist but I have taught first grade for several years and am now teaching a 1/2 class. I guess the first thing I would do is go to the second grade teachers, I would ask them if you could take a look at the language arts textbook so you get an idea of what they are working on. Then you could focus on whatever theme or idea they are investigating in class. With the children I would group them by level. I would bring them in in small separate groups for 30-50 minute each day.

    If the children are beginning readers I would focus on beginning sounds, segmentation of the word, letter recognition, matching pictures to sounds, lots of active reading to them, lots of active reading with them, lots of writing opportunities without the worry of spelling rules or format rules.

    If the children are more emergent readers I would have them work on the stuff above but move to the sounds of the letters rather than the names of the letters, work on word sorting by commonalities such as cat, bat rather than by beginning sounds, continue with the lots of active reading both to and with, begin to slowly move them through the various parts of our alphabet and various sounds from our alphabet, continue to work on word segmentation, recognition of syllables in words, beginning and ending sounds, what is the sound in the middle of the word, start to examine consonant blends and digraphs.

    As they improve move more towards the variety of spellings of sounds, diphthongs, long vowel vrs short vowel, more complicated words, syllables, begin to move more towards the format of the writing in things you have actually worked on, and still lots of reading.

    During this whole time work on things that have to do with reading comprehension.

    I might also take a look at "Words Their Way word study of phonics, vocabulary, and spelling instruction" The emergent reading area has a very interesting breakdown of the reasoning behind the child's choices of letters used or forms used in writing and how it ties to their reading level.

    That is what I could think of right now. I probably forgot some stuff. If you have specific questions you can always PM me.
     
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    Not sure if this may be contributing to the lack of responses, but I'm wondering if there are others out there who aren't reading specialists but may have some expertise to share related to reading groups, assessments, etc., such as EMonkey. I'm happy for you to message me, or if you post any questions I'm happy to give my two cents - I've done reading intervention in several capacities and would happy to read/help out, and I'm sure others would be too.
     
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    If you use Fundations, it's pretty easy once you get going with it. Take a look at the manual and the training cd's...it's been a few years since I've used it and I put my own spin on it, but the program itself is scripted if you want to follow that.
     
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    I'm a reading specialist who now works as a kindergarten teacher!!! I worked a few years as a Title I/NCLB/ reading specialist. I do have my masters in reading...I'll try to help! What reading series do you use?
     
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    thank you for your replies.

    in response to mandanicole01, when you say "reading series," do you mean basal? our school just got a basal, but i don't use it...i have the "example" kits that the company gave us, but i haven't looked at them. i think they are journeys. i don't have many supplies. i have fundations for my 2nd graders, but all i have are a set of cards, posters and the teacher manuals. i have tons of other things too.

    i just don't know where to begin.
     

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