Each Friday the kindergarten teachers meet from 7:30-8:10 a.m. to discuss the progress made in each classroom in reading. This meeting often consists of reviewing educational resources that could help in the classrooms, looking at student data that will drive the next week’s instruction, and discussing students that need to move to other groups within the school’s literacy block. Every student at WELC is involved in a 40-minute Literacy Block four days per week. Each student is assessed in October (after fall break) and placed in a group that works on the skills that they are struggling with at that time.
Every certified teacher in kindergarten has a group and every kindergarten assistant has a group. There are three families within the grade. Within each block there are 13 adults that are in charge of each group. The small groups ensure that students get the opportunities they need to inform the teacher of what they are learning.
Students are progress monitored weekly to check their understanding and growth. Kindergarten uses the Jan Richardson plan to guide how they plan and what strategies they may need to help a child in specific areas that they require extra help.
“Instruction within these groups is intentional and centered around specific skills. Movement in and out of groups is fluid. That means a student can move to different groups depending on their growth,” explained Walker Curriculum Coach Micah Hicks.
It is now February/March and the data collecting is intense at WELC. Teachers gather and look at student data to help guide instruction every single week.
Ashley Dunnington (seated) and fellow teachers in a PLC
(l-r):Kindergarten Teachers Amy Gregory, Stacy Corder, and Beth Corder
Principal Angela Ballinger and Kindergarten Teacher Cynthia Bell go over strategies