I’m not going to lie. I LOVE independent reading time in my classroom. Students are engaged in books which they have self-selected, the room is peaceful and learning is going on at differentiated levels. There are days when I pull out my own book and read with the kids!
Sometimes, though, this reading gets pushed aside for one reason or another. Oftentimes, it feels as though there are just not enough minutes in the day and independent reading time is the easiest thing to scratch off the daily schedule. But that CAN’T happen! We need to make sure that students are getting in as much reading as possible.
When creating a schedule for Reader’s Workshop, we need to consider many aspects. Those include time, required components, components we wish to incorporate, independent reading time and utilizing the rule of thirds.
The Brown-Bag Teacher says
I love the idea of starting the class with small groups/workshop. It's something I had considered, but was never brave enough to do it! Also, I LOVE being able to grab a book and independent read with out kids. They always think it's so cool. 🙂
Techie Santillana says
I'd love to join this link up! When I get home – im in the doc. Waiting room. I also just ordered the 100 min. Book. Im looking for new ways to include writing into my workshop 🙂 thank you for sharing your ideas!
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Think, Wonder, and Teach says
WOW! 2 more months of summer! I have just a few weeks left before we go back. I love that you start your day out with groups. This was my plan as well.
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Kelly Anne says
I love how you have your schedule broken down!! The idea of having small groups at the beginning is really intriguing to me and definitely something I am interested in. I usually have them after our mini-lesson but I definitely would like to try something like that to mix it up 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!!
XO, Kelly Anne