Today I had my R.I.S.E. evaluation session with my partner Charlotte, who teaches Year 4. Charlotte recorded a guided reading / writing explicit teaching session with a small group. She did an excellent job of outlining the learning intention before beginning the lesson, and her questioning extended the students' understanding. It was interesting to see how Charlotte combined guided reading with writing - my English block often gets interrupted, so this may be something I incorporate in my own class. Charlotte's students were very engaged in the lesson, however we discussed ensuring that all students have the opportunity to share - this is a skill I am also trying to improve on.
I have recently began a full-time position in Year 6 this term. I have worked hard to settle into my new role; over the past couple of weeks, I have been focusing on re-creating my phonics timetable and lessons in order to ensure that I am targeting what my students need to improve on. My students completed the Sound Waves Year 6 placement test, and I am utilising these results to improve on various phonics skills in my teacher group during phonics rotations. This week, I focused on segmenting in my teacher group, as all of my students struggled with this in the placement test. This is what I recorded for R.I.S.E.
Charlotte enjoyed watching my lesson, stating that I was consistently checking for student understanding and allowing them plenty of time to complete the segmenting task. We agreed that some students in the group were more capable than others - to combat this, I am using the Sound Waves placement test to place my students in ability-based groups for phonics rotations. This is my R.I.S.E goal.
It is refreshing to take a step back from my own teaching and watch other teachers in action - we can learn so much from each other! Thank you Charlotte for an inspiring evaluation session - I am looking forward to touching base with you in the near future to see if we are both achieving our goals!