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Intermediate CAFE in the Classroom (DVD)

  • Title:Intermediate CAFE in the Classroom: Helping Readers Thrive in Grades 3-6
  • Author:Gail Boushey, Joan Moser
  • Publication Date:2009
  • Grade Level:3-6
  • ISBN:9781601550200
  • Publisher:Choice Literacy

Media: 114-minute DVD + viewing guide

Assessing readers involves more than determining a reading level and moving them onto the next. Gail Boushey and Joan Moser developed the CAFE assessment system to help elementary students understand and master different strategies used by successful readers. CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary, and the system includes goal-setting with students in individual conferences, posting of goals on a whole-class board, developing small group instruction based on clusters of students with similar goals, and targeting whole-class instruction based on emerging student needs.

This two-hour DVD takes viewers into grades 3-6 classrooms with students who have a range of previous experience with the CAFE system. Filmed over two years, the program includes:

  • Sample whole-class and small-group lessons;
  • Conferring with diverse students;
  • Step-by-step explanation of the conferring notebook;
  • Coaching sessions with teachers;
  • Discussions of the specific needs of older learners;
  • Launching lessons and introduction of the CAFE menu;
  • Suggestions for using the CAFE system in classrooms of students who have a range of previous experience with the program.

Author Bio

Gail Boushey and her sister Joan Moser grew up in a small town and farming community with four other siblings. "When we were little, our parents bought a piece of property that included an old, condemned girls' academy. Having a huge, empty, four-story 'playhouse' in our backyard, our days were filled with pretending and playing with our siblings. We each had our own room in this dilapidated building, many of which were classrooms complete with the warped blackboards of old. This imaginative play led to the magical type of 'teaching' only a child could understand. It is no wonder three of our six siblings became teachers!"

"The Sisters," as they are known, continue their magical teaching today, consulting across the nation, and presenting at NCTE, IRA, and state reading conferences. Gail is a literacy coach and Joan is a K-2 multi-age teacher.

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