Mr. Joyce is concerned about several of the students in his English classes. Below are some of the notes he’s made on these students in preparation for parent-teacher conferences.
Louis doesn’t seem to understand that different types of books or readings require different strategies. For example, he was trying to use a storyboard technique to make notes from his grammar text. Although that works, it really isn’t the most effective method.
Jenny tends to freeze up when she comes to a new word. I’ve seen her just staring at the same word for minutes. She can’t seem to sound it out or even break it into parts.
Toby reads aloud beautifully. It’s really amazing. But when I ask him to tell me about what he has read, he can’t. During silent reading time, he’ll be engaged and reading along, but when I ask him about the story, he doesn’t seem to get it. He just goes right on reading words, whether or not he knows what they mean.
Chloe seems to be daydreaming a lot, especially during silent reading time. When I ask her about it, she tells me she’s thinking about the story, which I’m sure she is, but instead of getting back to the book, she’ll just let her mind go for the rest of the reading time.