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Audience:  K – 1st Grade Teachers/Specialists

Presenter(s): Abbie Johnson, Maggie Widener, Jenn Tarver and Maggie Bergstrom

Length: 80 minutes

Level: Primary Procedural

Session Description:

How can I provide young readers with materials and instruction that
fit their individual levels of development? This session will focus on
the critical components that make up guided reading groups and
lessons. Participants will explore approaches for teaching early
behaviors and processing strategies. Through the use of videos,
participants will observe and discuss what students do at the point of
difficulty, the teacher’s choice of response, and the follow-up
instruction needed to promote the development of student independent
problem solving. Analysis of data (running records, anecdotal notes,
etc.) will guide text selection and instructional focus.

Speaker Bios:

Abbie Johnson is in her 11th year of teaching.  She has taught second grade and is currently in her fourth year of teaching kindergarten at Highland Park Elementary.  She is committed to working with early literacy learners.

Maggie has taught in both 1st grade and Kindergarten.  She has enjoyed working through the challenging and exciting moments of teaching emergent readers new skills to be successful readers for life.  She also believes strongly in using various methods to instill a love for reading in all of her students.

Jennifer has been a classroom teacher for 12 years.  Eight years of her teaching experience has been in a primary classroom setting, while the other four has been in Special Education. She enjoys the challenge of teaching both struggling and emergent readers.

Maggie Bergstrom is a 3rd year kindergarten teacher at Highland Park. She has worked with students ranging from kindergarten to 5th grade in literacy. She enjoys the challenges and accomplishments in working with emergent readers.