Preparing for Roaming Around the Known

I really enjoy the time I spend in roaming around the known.  This is such a fun time to get to know the students that you’ll be working with, build rapport, and help your students see themselves as readers and writers.  There are a few things that I like to do before I start roaming with my students.

Read

I  like to take some time to dig into Literacy Lessons Designed for Individuals 2nd edition (pages 29-34).  I feel that it is essential for me to review Clay’s words about roaming around the known before I jump into things.  I want to be sure that I have in mind the goals of roaming, so that I stay true to taking 10 days to support my students in becoming fluent and flexible with what they can control.  Clay reminds us not to rush into lessons and teaching. 

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Create RATK Summary

Along with writing my Observation Survey Summary, I like to compile what I learned about a student on to a single sheet that I can quickly refer to during roaming.  This also helps me to stay within what the child knows and controls.  As I progress through roaming I note on this sheet anything new I discover about the student.  Click on the picture for a copy of my RATK summary sheet.

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roaming summary sheet

 

Prepare Roaming Diary

Clay states clearly that we should not create a form for roaming.  In the past, I have used a small 4″ X 6″ lined notebook during roaming, but I found that I was having trouble effectively taking organized notes.  I now use a blank booklet that consists of several sheets of 8-1/2″ X 11″ paper which offers me more space to organize my notes.

 

As I move into roaming with my new students this year I plan to create a blog post going into more detail about what I do during my roaming sessions.  Is there anything you like to do to get yourself into the “roaming” frame of mind?

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