Victoria (Tori) Larsen | Kimberly
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!
I am excited to work with all the kiddos in the elementary this year in my new
position as Intervention Specialist. Working together we can help the students
achieve success in and out of the classroom. In the past I taught special
education for grades kindergarten through 2nd grade. I taught special education
since the 1999-00 school year. I started this journey in Kimberly in 2004.
Every student can learn,
just not on the same day,
or in the same way!
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at
208-423-4170 ext. 3024
I love adventures and nature. My family and friends keep me busy in my off school time.
There are many times when we might find our students struggling with reading fluency and decoding skills. What can we as parents, teachers and administrators do to assist these students?
Many different reading strategies could be implemented. Like anything else, they only work if they are done consistently and they become part of your regular classroom and home routines.
- Repeated reading is when a student reads a passage repeatedly and receives help with correcting errors.
- The student reads the passage and if he or she pauses for 5 seconds or longer, the teacher reads the word aloud and helps the student say it correctly.
- Give the students the choice of "Coach or Time" before providing an unknown word.
- The student should read the same passage at least 4-5 times or until the rate of accuracy is at least 90-95 words per minute. Chart the results on a bar graph.
This is a great technique for parents to use with their kids at home!
Assisted reading practice provides students a valuable way to boost reading fluency skills. Like Repeated Reading, the student sits with a teacher, parent or another excellent reader. As the student reads, the partner listens.
If the student makes an error, the partner corrects the student. This is not like Repeated Reading as the text is not read over and over again, but it is one of the more valuable reading intervention strategies.
QAR: Questions-Answer Relationship
Right There Questions
These questions require students to go back to the passage and find the correct information to answer it. These are literal questions, because the correct answer is found "right there." These questions include "Who," "What," "When," "Where," "How many," and "According to the passage."
Think and Search Questions
These questions require you to think about how the passage information all relates. These questions sometimes include: "What caused…", "The main idea is…", or "Compare and contrast."
Author and You Questions
This requires the students to use information that is not directly stated in the passage. Students must think about what they have read and generate their own ideas or opinions. These types of questions often include: "The author implies…", "This passage suggests…", "This character feels…"
On My Own Questions
These are answered using students' own background knowledge. This is usually not a test type of question because it does not require any reference to the text. However, these questions lead to deeper comprehension. These types of questions sound like: "In your opinion…", "From your experience…", and "Think about something that happened to you…"
Visualize the Text
Visualization, or mental imagery, is one of the best reading intervention strategies. It is an excellent way of having your students become more active in the reading process.
Creating "movies in their minds" can dramatically increase comprehension. It is surprising, however, how many students do not understand how to do this.
Students must be taught by using an interactive read aloud (often called a "Think Aloud"). What that means is you are actively discussing your thoughts while you read and describing the pictures your mind makes from the words.
We have been busy with our After School Reading program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We would love to thank Chobani for their donation of yogurt tubes for the students and volunteers.
We also would love to thank all the volunteers from the middle and high school for helping us assist these wonderful students.