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.


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. 


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.


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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