This week our intermediate teacher feature is coming to us from the 5th grade team. This week's featured teacher is Chelsea Riley.
Chelsea Riley is someone I truly admire. She is calm and consistent in her classroom. She is always thinking and is innovative in what she does. Chelsea has amazing journals across all content areas and she has some amazing tools in her classroom that she uses to help her students achieve to their highest potential. If I end up back in a classroom during this crazy journey that I am on, I can only hope that I would be half as effective as Chelsea is highly effective.
Chelsea and Leanne Lapointe recently participated in a professional development session which was primarily focused on increasing engagement during the language arts block. One of the components that both brought back from it was a tool called mentor text. Using a sentence from a text in the classroom, they have begun to implement a five minute a day routine that spans across five days, which is a way for them to squeeze in the foundational grammatical components in a highly structured, engaging way. Here is how Chelsea brought back some of those pieces into her classroom:
I am not doing the strategy justice, if you want to learn more about this strategy, or you have been trying to find a quick routine for incorporating daily grammar into your language arts block, see Chelsea or Leanne for a better explanation of this routine.
Chelsea's classroom is filled with so many tools and high yield instructional strategies. Here is a highlight of just some of them:
A document that looks similar to the science success criteria is also in their math journals.