FROM: Mark Houk RE: YALE SCHOOL MONTHLY UPDATE
"Readers and Listeners" is a unique reading strategy that Yale School has incorporated.
As school begins, most all students rotate into one classroom where younger (in most cases) students are paired with older students to do a series of 1-minute timed readings.
The reader reads out-loud, while the listener actively follows along, taking data on missed words, rate, and expression of the reader. After each timing, the listener shows the student their data, encourages them, and readies them for another timed reading.
This activity gives readers an active listener, immediate feedback, and encouragement to do better each time. The listener practices graphing and charting, learns to coach, and relates in positive fashion to the reader. Thank you to Mo Anderson, Kyle Niekamp and staff for incorporating this opening activity each morning!
We anxiously await some dry weather so that our Apple Grant Award construction can begin. Several local contractors have agreed to conduct the excavation, concrete work, fencing, etc....at near-cost prices in order to allow for maximum use of the grant funds.
Target for completion is still June.