CAFE


Goal Setting

Declaring Goals, Establishing Strategies

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Kelsie Wennekamp has her second-graders declare their goal and strategy in a way you might want to emulate. 

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Strategies for Avoiding the Summer Reading Slide

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

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Adjusting Student Goals Based on Current Assessments

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

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Reading Interventions—Helping or Harming?

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Joan shares ideas for providing effective interventions.

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I Declare

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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

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"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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A Bookmark to Help Students Remember Their Goals and Strategies

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These promise cards help with recall, motivation, engagement, and progress. 

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Worst to First

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

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Student-Produced Strategy Cards

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Are you working to increase ownership in your students? Having them help create the CAFE Menu is a perfect place to start. 

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Assessment to Instruction (7 Steps)

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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

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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

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A great reference for students to  use when reviewing strategies taught. 

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Gabe Wants a Different Goal

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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

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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

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Our filter for a good assessment is always the same.

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Nudging a High Achiever

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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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Conferring—Clear Expectations and Reasonable Goals

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Witness a clear conference and how our conferring sheets help keep our students, and ourselves, accountable. 

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Writing Conference Focused on Goals in Kindergarten

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Joan checks in with Maxwell, a kindergartener, to see how well he is doing at his goals of writing more and underlining words he isn't sure about. 

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Goals for High Students

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Children who have met or exceeded grade level expectations deserve to receive excellent instruction.

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