Ms. Joleen Steadman
It is my belief that all children are able to learn if you inspire them to have a positive attitude towards learning while believing in themselves. I try to empower students by guiding them and helping them to realize that learning takes place within themselves along with the guidance of their teacher. I instill in the students I come in contact with to take pride in what they do by trying their best on all tasks given to them. As a Literacy Coach, my goal is to improve student achievement by promoting a culture of literacy learning through integrating literacy instruction in all subject areas and providing interventions which in turn will build capacity for literacy across the curriculum.
The Endeavour Primary Learning Center Elementary Language Arts Department's curriculum is based upon the Florida State Standards. Reading is taught with a Balanced Literacy approach meaning teachers instruct students through the use of Interactive Read Aloud, Small Group Guided Reading, Shared Reading and Writing, and Independent Reading and Writing.
EPLC’s Elementary Literacy Instruction includes: The five components of an effective reading instruction
- - Phonemic Awareness- Phonemic awareness refers to the student’s ability to focus on and manipulate phonemes in spoken syllables and words.
- - Phonics- Phonics is the relationship between the letters (or letter combinations) in written language and the individual sounds in spoken language.
- - Fluency- Fluency is the ability to read as well as we speak and to make sense of the text without having to stop and decode each word.
- - Vocabulary- Vocabulary development is closely connected to comprehension. The larger the reader’s vocabulary (either oral or print), the easier it is to make sense of the text.
- - Comprehension- Comprehension is the complex cognitive process readers use to understand what they have read. Vocabulary development and instruction play a critical role in comprehension. Here the teacher works on such areas as Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, and Integration of Knowledge.
The Literacy Block: The 90- minute literacy block is split between whole group instruction that is devoted to grade leveled instruction and small group instruction that is focused on students’ instructional levels and teaching targets.
Small Group Guided Reading: This portion of the literacy block focuses on remediating, enriching, and/or accelerating literacy skills. The teacher provides small group instruction based upon the students' instructional level determined by the Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) test. While the teacher is working in small groups, other students work independently or in groups at literacy centers designed to support current instruction.
Resources include but are not limited to:
Scholastic Social Studies Leveled Texts- Leveled texts filled with a combination of engaging fiction and nonfiction texts, precisely leveled to meet the needs of all learners. The trade and guided reading books are aligned to the state standards.
HMH Journey’s Series: Journey’s is a comprehensive K-6 English language arts program. It provides an instructional system for reading both literature and informational texts, for acquiring foundational skills, and for developing mastery of speaking, listening and writing.
Ready- Built for the Common Core, Ready is a proven effective instruction and practice program that has the rigor required to raise student achievement on the Florida Standards Assessment, FSA in ELA.
Schoolcity-Provides EPLC with meaningful, timely, and easy to read analytic and assessment solutions that inform decisions and increase student achievement.