Saturday, September 24, 2011

The CAFE Book by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser - A Review

The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literary Assessment and InstructionThe CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literary Assessment and Instruction by Gail Boushey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you are an educator, this is a must read book. Boushey and Moser present an easy and practical way to integrate assessment into daily reading and classroom discussion and activities. The CAFE system is research based and the acronym stands for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand vocabulary.

The CAFE system provides support for teachers as they organize the assessment data so it can be used to truly inform instruction int he classroom. It also helps with tracking the student's strengths and goals.

In the CAFE system there are no expensive materials required. You don't even have to totally change the approaches that are now being used to utilize the CAFE system. It is built on flexibility and allows teachers to tailor the system to meet the needs of the students in their individual classroom. There is a companion book called The Daily Five which I will be reading and reviewing next.

This book was provided tome by my school district and I would recommend that all educators in elementary schools take the time to read about the CAFE system.

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