Attempting Text Talk

I have decided to try Text Talk this week with my Level 2, period 2, 'Reading and Writing' students. I chose Text Talk because it focuses on: developing a deeper understanding of ideas in a text versus simply retrieving information designing discussion and follow-up questions and scaffolding helping students to meaningfully incorporate their background knowledge … Continue reading Attempting Text Talk


First let's explore how fluency contributes to the development of reading competency. Fluency is a combination of automaticity and prosody (Rasinski & Samuels, 2011).  Automaticity is a result of one coming into contact with words regularly, thus creating a mental dictionary of familiar words. As a result, those words when seen is automatically understood. Prosody … Continue reading Fluency

7) Committed to Standards of Practice

This evaluation plan adheres to the standards of evaluation by: Ensuring that the evaluation will serve the informational needs of stakeholders. {Stakeholders will be involved in every aspect of the process, thus, their questions and concerns will be taken into consideration. This will be done, to ensure that the evaluation, answers more pertinent questions, so … Continue reading 7) Committed to Standards of Practice

5) Data Collection Methods and Analysis Strategies

Data Collection: Stories will be collected to determine: How the program has impacted participants; and The strengths and weaknesses according to implementers and users. These stories will be guided by open ended questions: In what ways, are you different since the program started? What was the biggest change? Why do you think this was the … Continue reading 5) Data Collection Methods and Analysis Strategies

3) Program Theory

Theory of Action: If Yorktown Family Services implement the 'Weston Healthy Active Kids' program, including the specific components: cooking lessons, food safety lessons, hygiene lessons, nutrition lessons and fitness lessons; then children from the Weston-Mount Dennis community would have healthier lifestyles, and there would be a reduction in child obesity within the community.  Theory of Change: … Continue reading 3) Program Theory

2) Evaluation Questions

The purpose of this evaluation is to test: Effectiveness: In what ways, has the program changed participants' thinking? In what ways, has the program created meaningful habits? Durability: What are the program's strengths and weaknesses according to participants? What are the program's strengths and weaknesses according to implementers? Accountability: Is there a better way to use … Continue reading 2) Evaluation Questions