An effective strategy is a map that takes you from your current standing to what you want to achieve. How do we get there from here?
Characteristics of strong strategies are:
While goals describe what success will look like, strategies suggest the best path to arrive at success. Goals are the target, strategies are the map that assist in getting from current location to the target. In some cases, multiple strategies are needed to hit the target.
To increase fluency by 20 words per minute as measured by the March administration of the AIMS Web R-CBM so that words will be recognized automatically.
Below are example strategies that assist in getting to the target from the current location:
Provide students with the skills and opportunities to practice sight words
Create a sustained learning routine and environment that positions students for reading success in addition to regular ELA (English Language Arts)
Train teachers in the eight stages of effective reading instruction (describing, modeling, verbal practice, guided practice, paired practice, independent practice, differentiated practice, integration)
Teachers will be trained in and expected to follow daily scripted lesson plans
School Principal will be trained in and supported to monitor, communicate, and promote literacy development among teachers, staff, parents, and their learning community
Carve out monthly instructional team meeting time for reading success in addition to regular ELA
Use the descriptions and characteristics listed above and develop strategies that support the work-related goal that you would like to achieve in 6 months or less.