7/23/13 ** "Common sense" ideas that make you say, "Why didn't I think of that?" Though the title talks first about assessment, the book is more about a framework for instruction. The CAFE (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand Vocabulary) framework provides a tool for tightly aligning assessment with specific teaching points that help students begin to use strategies in a strategic
way! Rather than naming the strategies (i.e. clarify & fix-up), the reading routines give kids a menu of tools to use flexibly.
I anticipate incorporating many of these ideas into my teaching this year. The authors tie this work to the structures the discuss in The Daily Five
, and many would work well in a Reading/Writing Workshop.