First of all, thank you for sharing your videos! I am a first-year 3rd Grade teacher, and I struggle to find enough time to plan truly engaging lessons in Reading and Writing, especially with all of the NYS testing that we are accountable for in the 3rd grade. Watching your videos definitely gave me some great ideas! I have a few questions for you, if you don't mind! And please forgive me if you've already answered these questions...
1. I am truly in awe of your Reading/Writing conferences and the frequency with which they occur. I am curious- how often would you say your instruction is large-group based? It seems like you have so much one-on-one time in your room, which is something that I strive for in my own instruction.
2. How much time in each school day is dedicated to Reading/Writing instruction?
3. In my school district, it is very rare to get any kind of parent interaction, especially when it comes to assistance at home with literacy skills being worked on in the classroom. Our families are typically living in very low-income households, and most parents struggle to make ends meet. Furthermore, many of them have not received adequate education themselves! How do you suggest implementing the types of instructional strategies you have found successful in a classroom where parents are not as involved/typically do not have the capacity to provide substantial support outside of the classroom?
I look forward to hearing from you, and I appreciate you taking the time to share your expertise :)
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