Most teachers love crafts....I am NOT one of them! So when I see a DIY project that I'd like for my classroom - I usually head to Amazon to see if it can be purchased! But in the case of these Demonstration Notebooks and Microprogression Charts, I am ALL IN for this DIY project. Here's how I make them and use them with my small groups:
Demonstration Notebooks are a collection of strategy sheets that a teacher can use when working with a small group of kids that are struggling with a specific skill. They are concise "talking points" for teachers. Demonstration Notebooks are like having cheat sheets at your fingertips for all of the critical reading comprehension skills. I share these with my students, too. I will often have them read the notes before we even begin to discuss them and to practice the skill.
I am in the process of creating these strategy sheets for all of the important comprehension skills. This is a DIY project in the making...
Micro-Progression Charts are a great way to help kids to see the steps they need to take to get to mastery. All reading and writing skills can be broken down into progressive steps from start to finish. My kids love to check out the charts to see at which level their work falls. These are concrete examples of what we are hoping for them to achieve.
Pictured above is a micro-progression chart for summary writing that we used for the book- How To Eat Fried Worms.
Want to learn more about these DIY projects? Check out this DIY LIteracy video by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts.