Literacy is more than the ability to read and write. It involves knowledge, skills and abilities-the competencies-that enable individuals to think critically, communicate effectively, deal with change and solve problems in a variety of contexts to achieve their personal goals, develop their knowledge and potential, and participate fully in society.
Government of Alberta, 2009
The Grande Prairie Catholic School District supports Literacy First: A Plan for Action and understands the benefit of being literate individuals within our changing community. Students within our system develop a wide range of literacy skills and are led in this process by teachers who understand and support student’s individuality and their place on the continuum of learning.
In a technological society, literacy extends beyond the functional skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening to include multiple literacies such as visual, media, and information literacy.These new literacies focus on the capacity of individuals to use and make critical judgements about the information they encounter on a daily basis. (Centre for Literacy)
Running Records: A Running Record allows teachers to assess a student's reading performance as he/she reads from a Guided reading book. There are 2 purposes for a Running Record in our district. One, is to assess strugglers in September to ensure that they have not regressed during the summer, and the second reason is to evaluate whether or not a student should move up a level in Guided Reading. Therefore, completing Running Records should be common practice in all elementary classrooms. Click on the link for a complete guide for how to do a Running Record, and including how often.
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