CAFE


Goal Setting

Strategies for Avoiding the Summer Reading Slide

Article

This idea helps students of all ages avoid the summer reading slide. 

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Adjusting Student Goals Based on Current Assessments

Article

Here are four important things to remember when using your assessments to inform instruction. 

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Reading Interventions—Helping or Harming?

Article

Joan shares ideas for providing effective interventions.

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I Declare

Article

Declaring goals is just one way we assist our students with purpose, engagement, and accountability.

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Figuring Out Which CAFE Strategy to Teach

Article

"Which CAFE strategy should I teach individual students?" is the million-dollar question. Here are some affordable answers. 

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Use Previous Year's Data to Set Initial Goals

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Using data from the spring helps us move seamlessly forward with instruction in the fall. 

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Looking at an Assessment, Deciding on a Strategy

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Watch as Gail and Cindy Danielson review a student's assessment results and determine what strategy to start with. 

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A Road Map to Guide Goal Setting and Instruction with Students

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Figuring out which next steps we need to teach students can leave us feeling a bit flummoxed.  Here are some tried-and-true tools to support you. 

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Teach Through Their Strengths

Article

Teach: an instructional technique for teaching students a new strategy.

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Worst to First

Article

Goals are everywhere, and these students saw the role they played in winning the World Series.

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Student-Produced Strategy Cards

Article

Learning sticks, and students take ownership when they write the cards and refer to them frequently on the CAFE Menu.

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Goals and Timelines

Tip of the Week

December 13, 2013

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Assessment to Instruction (7 Steps)

Assessment

What are the steps we use when we sit down with a child to assess?  Here you have it!

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3 Important Ideas Regarding Fluency

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Just because a student doesn't do well on a fluency test doesn't necessarily mean there is a big problem.  Here are three things we consider.

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Setting CAFE Goals with Advanced Readers, Part 3 of 3

Video

In this last video of a three-part series, we get to listen in as Rachel and Gail debrief the conference they had with Sydney, an advanced reader who looped up with Rachel. They discuss ways to help her expand her vocabulary, which is her CAFE goal.

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Setting CAFE Goals with Advanced Readers, Part 2 of 3

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In this second of a three-part series, we get to see Rachel and Gail confer with Sydney, an advanced reader who looped up with Rachel.

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Setting CAFE Goals with Advanced Readers, Part 1 of 3

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In this first of a three-part series, Gail and Rachel discuss how they might proceed with an advanced reader whom Rachel had last year

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Setting a Goal to Expand Vocabulary

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This three-part video shows how Gail and Rachel move a very strong fifth-grade reader to expand his vocabulary.

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A Personal CAFE Menu for Students to Fill Out

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It's important to have a student anchor a lesson by writing and posting taught strategies to the CAFE menu. Providing students with a personal menu for transferring the same information is a great way to make this part of CAFE hands on for everyone.

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Gabe Wants a Different Goal

Video

What about students who want a goal other than the one we think they need? Listen in.

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Determining Which Strategy to Assign

Article

These handy tools provide support if you are struggling to determine which strategy will best help your students achieve their reading goals.

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About Assessments

Article

Our filter for a good assessment is always the same.

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Nudging a High Achiever

Video

This is a must see video if you have students that are reading well above grade level.

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Holding Students Accountable for Reading Goals

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What happens when you confer with a student and they have not completed the agreed upon task?  Listen in as Pam holds Conner accountable while still preserving their relationship. 

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Setting Reasonable Goals with Connor

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Here is a conference between a teacher and a fourth grader, demonstrating how we use our Pensieve calendar to hold our students accountable...as well as ourselves.

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