Growth, according my school, is a measurable and quantitative verb. At the beginning of the year we always present the admin with goals we think we need to work on and show GROWTH. I was fortunate this past summer to run across Tammy Lee at Live Love Laugh Kindergarten as she was introducing the Daily 5 book study. I followed along and bought the book. I love the D5. It has helped me grow as a reading teacher kindergarten. If you have not read this book, I highly recommend it and start by following Tammy at www.livelovelaughkindergarten.blogspot.com.
But how is this measurable? Well, I will take running records with leveled readers - our school uses the Rigby program for leveling. I had only 1 reader at the beginning of the year, and now I have almost half the class of 22. I will continue to track growth I hope to see all as readers by the end of the year.
Our county also has been assigned to be a Governor's Reading Initiative school for implementing a differentiated "program". I hesitate to call it a program, but I do love that fact that our Governor is on board to help my little guys read accurately and obtain this knowledge sooner. I will post more about this initiative as it comes down to us. Maybe there will be things you can use too! But as for growth, I will stick to learning more about Daily 5 implementation and understanding. Please leave me a comment if you do Daily 5 now, or if you are going to look into it via Tammy's site. I would really like to know if I am meeting one of my technology goals of collaborating via my blog. Thanks and enjoy the rest of your winter break!