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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