Hello Lower Devo Families and Friends,
We hope you are enjoying the past three snow days and a bit of an unexpected long weekend. Hopefully this email finds you safe, warm, and not completely buried by the snowfall.
At Lower Devo we are committed to sharing our love of reading as we build strong, curious, thoughtful, analytical readers in each of our students. This year we have begun to shift and organize our teaching practices around reading (decoding and comprehending), writing, and word study as we prepare for in depth professional development as part of the Literacy Collaborative. At the beginning of this school year we shared information regarding our plans for our upcoming work in the Literacy Collaborative at a PTO Coffee and Conversation. We will go more in depth as to what you can expect as a family and what your child will experience in literacy instruction at a Coffee and Conversation in March (stay tuned for exact date).
Part of how we build strong readers is to encourage and enable students to read independently or with a family member at home and cultivate a love for reading in any genre: fantasy, biography, mystery, historical fiction and so many more! In between sledding runs and shoveling these past several days we hope that you and your children have found time to snuggle up with a book or two and get lost in the text. Send us some pictures of your child reading either during the past three snow days or this coming vacation and we will share them on our lobby TV to celebrate our love for reading. You can also share them with us on Twitter using #DevoReads (where you can find other examples of how we build strong readers in the classroom).
In addition to building strong readers we also deepen students engagement with many forms of writing. One of the many ways we share our writing with an authentic audience at Lower Devo is through our school newspaper. Students in grades 3 and 4 have been meeting weekly to create and publish the Hive Happenings. Here you will find everything from interviews, persuasive essays, and book/movie reviews to comics, art work, crosswords and more. As other students at Lower Devo read the publication they are encouraged to submit their own work by responding to the Debate It column. Students who submit responses may have their work published in the following issue. We hope you enjoy the first issue! You can find it either by clicking the link above or visiting the homepage of our school website (it's embedded on the left hand side under the Lower Devo Principal's Blog).
We look forward to seeing all your reading pictures from the past few days and will be anxiously awaiting your return bright and early Tuesday morning! Until then, get out there and build some snow people or sculptures, do some sledding and sliding, and don’t forget to READ!
Jen and Dave
Mon-Thurs: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Fri: 8:30 AM - 2:10 PM
Phone: (617) 879 - 4930
Address: 194 Boylston St., Brookline, MA 02445
Hello 5-8 Families,
I hope the snow days have provided you with great family time, relaxation and fun. This week's spotlight on teaching and learning describes the important work being done by our ELA teachers in grades 5-8, ELL teacher, special educators grades 5-8, literacy coach and literacy specialists.
Our Literacy Collaborative work across grades 5-8 thus far this year has included study of the following practices:
book talks and writer’s talks
reading and writing minilessons
readers’ and writers’ notebooks
reading and writing conferences
independent reading and writing
writing about reading
goal-setting and reflection
Additionally, some teachers have had prior learning related to future Literacy Collaborative professional development topics, such as:
literature study / book groups
These practices are grounded in the belief that in order for readers and writers grow, they need a variety of things, including, but not limited to . . .
The ELA staff (all mentioned above)