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.