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Putting It All Together: Purposeful Planning for the Workshop Model

My learning this summer about readers workshop has taken me to a new place as a teacher. I’ve read about guided reading, conferring, the framework of readers workshop, and creating more effective mini-lessons and share times. My learning can easily be transferred to writers workshop as well. I’m excited to jump in and try new… Continue reading Putting It All Together: Purposeful Planning for the Workshop Model

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Share Time: More Than Just Author’s Chair

Share time is one of the most important parts of the workshop model. It’s our opportunity to close our lesson and build our community of readers and writers. In writer’s workshop, I’ve used it as a time in which writers come together and share their work. I picked a few students each day, usually those… Continue reading Share Time: More Than Just Author’s Chair

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The Mini-Lesson: 10 minutes of Power

10 minutes. 10 minutes to deliver an effective mini-lesson that sets students up with an action step for application to their current and future works. So, we have to make the most of our time. I think Lucy Calkins describes the mini-lesson best: “Mini-Lessons are meant as intervals for explicit, brief instruction in skills and… Continue reading The Mini-Lesson: 10 minutes of Power

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Guided Reading: The Last Stop on the Road to Independence

How do I support readers in a way that increases their independence? I’ve been thinking about this question a lot. I’ve been reflecting on guided reading and how it fits into a balanced literacy approach. I’ve also reflected on whether or not my guided reading routine really produces independent readers. I notice that some of… Continue reading Guided Reading: The Last Stop on the Road to Independence

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Independent Workshop: Building Stamina and Independence

I am often asked how I get kindergartners to read independently for any length of time. My answer is always “small steps, six weeks of routines, and lots of patience.” I know that my fellow kindergarten teachers can relate! Some of our sweet kiddos were still taking naps a few months or even weeks before… Continue reading Independent Workshop: Building Stamina and Independence

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Reading Workshop: Creating Units of Study

Growing Readers. I love this title. Growing anything requires so much from the sower. It requires patience, perseverance, attentiveness, and above all care. The classroom is like a garden. Each student is like a different plant within that garden that needs a nurturing gardener who cultivates him or her. When we teach reading, we are… Continue reading Reading Workshop: Creating Units of Study

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Teaching Reading: My Past, Present, and Future

Teaching reading is a constant area of growth for me. I have been reflecting on the effectiveness of my instructional practices and the organization of my reading instruction. I have gone through several “scrap the plan and start over” periods. I have read books, consulted other teachers, bounced ideas off my principal, and tried new… Continue reading Teaching Reading: My Past, Present, and Future