Really, I needn’t go any further. You have the full story.
I need to slow down in my intermediate class. I have about ten kids either bouncing off the wall or gazing off into space. I could understand it if it were two kids, but ten means I am not doing a good job with them.
We had a not-very-good story that they wrote themselves yesterday and I made into an embedded reading. “Compelling” was the part that was missing.
I think I’m going to go backward a little, and do small reading groups again, giving kids a quiz at the end of chapters when they think they’re ready for the quiz in our Houdini book. Last year I had groups read on their own, but a couple of groups didn’t necessarily make sure that they understood. I will write the quiz to make sure that they re-read the chapters as they’re taking it. I had some really good luck with reading quizzes the other day. I did the four-level questions, and the kids showed me very clearly what they understood and how they connected with the reading.
That’s enough for today. Darn! SLOW DOWN! Didn’t I tell myself this last week? For some reason I can do it with the beginning groups. I do a lot of fast circling with the advanced groups (kids and parents), but I don’t have a meter in the intermediate group.