Modeling comprehension, vocabulary, text structures and text features

In this article it discusses the importance of guided reading with students and gives some strategies to help turn students into better readers. Decoding words, suffixes, prefixes, context clues, and thinking aloud are some of the strategies that the book suggests to use in the classroom.  I never liked reading aloud in school. I think this was because others could not read very well and it took a really long time to get through the readings. I like the idea of read aloud in small groups. This allows the reading to go at different rates. I like thinking aloud a lot. I think that this can be used by not only the teacher but the better readers in the class. When partnered up they can try to help their friends by telling them things that they are thinking while they read. This can really help students become independent readers.


Integrating instructional-level social studies trade books for struggling readers in upper elementary grades.

This article made thinking about my Multitext unit a little easier. Reading assessments show the teacher how many words the student is reading in a minute. This not only shows how many words they are reading per minute but it shows the rate and the comprehension of the overall passage. Reading assessments allow the teacher to find the appropriate books for the students based on their reading level. The students who are expected to read at grade level (if they are above or below) will not make a year’s growth in a year if they are not reading the correct level.

Shared Reading

I think that shared reading is crucial to the classroom. Shared reading has echo reading, choral reading, and more. In the article there were teachers chosen at random to join the study. The teachers went through interviews and a lot of observations so that the research could be complete about how expert shared reading teachers set it up. They found some things that all the teachers did they were vocabulary, comprehension, text structure and text features. The collaboration between students as long as it is positive is a great chance for student interaction. I think that shared reading in the classroom is a great idea and my teacher in the class that I am in uses it now. From the reading and my experience with shared reading I plan on using it in my classroom as well.

Day 2 minilesson

I enjoy running. I like to run at all different times of the day. One time while running in the morning I had one of my favorite runs ever. I was running my normal loop when I decided to take the long detour through the woods.  I was feeling good about my run and wanted to extend it a little longer. The detour was full of nature. I saw all sorts of woodland critters. I rounded a corner though and was about twenty feet away from a deer. I stopped and we looked at each other for what seemed to be hours. Really it was about twenty seconds. It was a doe I could tell because she had her baby right there with her. The fawn was still really young and had a lot of spots on its back. When the fawn noticed me and got scared they both ran off into the woods. I thought that it was really interesting the way that we just stood there looking at each other. I think the mother was assessing me and did not think that I was much of a threat. This is probably my favorate run recently. I take the longer detour though the woods a lot hoping to see the deer and her fawn but I never do.


Poems can be anything. They all do not ryhme and they don’t all have a set structure. This is the biggest thing for me after reading “Love That Dog,” And all the Small Poems,”. In “All the Small Poems” there were peoms about everything. Love that Dog was awsome. I feel like if I was forced to write in elementary it would have looked like that. No stucture and doesn’t ryhme but it is still poetry. I think that stucture and ryhming is a missconseption about poetry, even with people in college. I think that knowing this it might change the views on poetry with a lot of young students. Allowing them to write poetry and see that anyone can write poetry.

My Name and Notebook Know How

My name doesn’t have much meaning in history. In latin the name means soldier. I talked to my parents and they gave me the name Miles because of my great grandfather. My great grandfather owned the biggest farm in our county for the longest time. My dad grew up on this farm and around my great grandfather. My middle name is Edward after my grandfather. I think they went with edward because my dads middle name is Edward too.

In this section of “Notebook Know How,” I thought it was intersting how the students could write about their name. This gives them a chance to ask their parents and do a little research before writing about their name. The noun writing sounded a little difficult. I think that this might be good for some students but not all. I am not sure why I think this. Maybe because I would have some trouble with this. They deffinately are not limited when doing this. They can write about everything they know about the word, or write about one noun in specific. The idea list is an amazing idea for the students. It shows them that they can list multiple things to write about and then pick the one that they can write the most about. I think that this section of the notebook know how was very helpful and I have some good ideas for my own use.



Growing up I never wrote in a journal. I don’t know if this was because I was a guy and thought it was girly or not. I do think that I could be a much better writer than I am now by simply writing more when I was younger. I love the idea that the studens can write what ever they want in their journals. I think that giving students this freedome is awsome. Students do not have many things in their lives that they have complete control over. Almost everything that they know in their lives is dictacted by someone else, giving them this I think that most students will love this and keep up with their journals. Journals allow the student to be at their particular writing level and be comfortable. The idea that the student writes front to back what ever they want to write about and then back to front notes on writing, stucture, grammor, spelling, and rules is amazing. This allows students to look in their own books for help. Using a notebook the way that it is described in the book can be extremely helpful in the classroom. I will try to keep up with my notebook and eventually use it in my classroom.

Hot Blogging Reflection

Blogging is a good idea for a classroom. There are so many things that you can do on a blog, the limitations seem endless. You can set up passwords and blocks if need be. One of the biggest thing is the fact that I will have 21st century learners in my classroom and allowing them to work on the internet where they are most comfortable is extremely important. Before reading this article I did not know what to think about blogs. I have heard a lot of bad things from the news. After reading this article I can see a lot of good things that could come from using blogging in a classroom. Students staying up to date on homework and up coming events for class. Parents can also know what is going on with their children in the classroom. The individual feed back on the students post could also be huge in the blogs. For example if a student post something onto their blog and the student was up to date and everything was fine the teacher could let them know. Another thing that blogging is extremely good for is reflections. The students are able to form responces to reading where they feel the most comfortable writing. Most all of the students will be 21st century learners and have a lot of access to typing on computers. Blogging if done correctly is a great way to get both the students and the teachers rolling into the school year and to the end of the year. I hope to be able to use some sort of blogging in my classroom.