Chapter 1: Introduction
**CAFE appeals to teachers because of its simplicity.**
- How do we organize assessment data?
- How do we track each child's strengths and goals?
- What about flexible groups?
- How do we present strategies so students can access them when needed and practice until proficient?
- Teachers keep a notebook with a few record keeping forms. (templates are in appendix of book)
- Children meet with teacher during literacy conferences. Conferences are for children to be assessed, receive instructions, set goals and follow ups on progress.
- Teachers keep track of goals in notebook and children post goals on CAFE board.
- Teacher plans small group instruction.
- Whole group instruction is based on needs of many children using whole class read aloud of shared material.
Note- The CAFE is research-based and it is a work in progress. It can be adapted and tweaked to meet your needs.
Chapter 2: Record Keeping
**Teachers need to set up a conferring notebooks, aka "The Pensieve"**
- Teacher Notes
- Calendar- to track appointments
- Keeping Track Form- write dates of appt. next to child's name
- Strategy Group Form- track and create mini lessons for flexible groups
(I started with a notebook and switched to an app called Confer...I need to work on both this year. I also need to stay on top of my small group flexible grouping)
- Tab for each child with CAFE menu, reading and writing conference form
- Form- track individual goals
Note- all forms are in the appendix. They are very simple and easy to use.
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