Ok. So I'm finally going to post about something actually school related. I finished read Daily 5 week before last and have been super excited to start this come the new school year. But my interest has also been really piqued in reader's workshop. Kindergarten Kindergarten has had several posts here lately about reader's workshop and how she does it in her classroom. (You can check out the first of the series here) Inspired by her, I ordered the book, Growing Readers by Kathy Collins. I was excited to see they had it for the kindle and I got it about half price and I didn't have to wait to start reading it. The joys of reading on my kindle. (or maybe it's dangerous. I'm not saying.)
The structure of readers' workshop is:
- Minilesson - 10 minutes
- Send students to go read for 20 minutes. During this time the teacher is offering indivdualized reading instruction
- Partner reading - 10 minutes - Teacher confers with small groups of partners
- Share time - 10 minutes - This share time is the teacher sharing what she observed as opposed to the kids sharing.
Another structure I liked was the reading conference. This is something I experimented with last year. I like how Collins outlined the conference.
- They should last 3 to 5 minutes.
- Observe the students as they read and jot notes.
- Start by offering a compliment on something the student did well.
- Teach one skill or strategy, demonstrate it and then let the student try it out.
One other interesting idea, she offered was switching up the order of your day sometimes. By teaching math in the morning and literacy in the afternoon every once in a while, you offer your students who might not be as successful in literacy the chance the to be successful right of the bat. I like this idea. I'm not sure how it would work out with my schedule but it's something I'm going to think about it.
As I read more of the book, I'll keep sharing some ideas and share some more freebies. Thanks so much for all of you that answered my questions yesterday. I got some great feedback and it was nice to hear what other people do. I'm still on the hunt for the spelling program that will work for me. I've gotten a few ideas. Thanks for sharing. If you do readers' workshop, leave me a comment and let me know how it is in your room. Hopefully, I'll be back on track with offering some more educational posts this week.