After a few activities to get them thinking about how they teach reading we did a mini-reading workshop. I played teacher, and they were my students. I read them one of my favorites during our mini-lesson time, How Many Days to America? by Eve Bunting.
Once I have finished the book, we make a list of all the types of things we think about while we read. In my classroom, I would give my kiddos this bookmark to use for the week to help them remember that they should be thinking while they read. You can download it for free here.
After lunch, we talked about what a true Reading Workshop looks like. Here's my slide of it from the presentation.
Then we talked about the timing of it. How long should each part take etc. I am jealous of those of you that have a 90 min. reading block...I only have 50-55 min. so the graph below is based on that time.
Finally, we talked about the Reader's Notebook. I walked them through mine, and gave them each a copy of my Reader's Notebook set-up. If you haven't already, you can get it for free from my TPT store. They were also given a copy of my Reading Skills and Strategies Bookmarks and Organizers (Reading is Thinking is a part of this set) to help them as they start to plan their year.
here. This is a product that I keep adding to as I teach different skills and strategies, so if you do pick it up be sure to check for updates periodically.
After working with so many people from different schools yesterday I have a few questions. (Thanks to those of you who took the time to tell me about your Reading block yesterday!)
How often do your kiddos get to read personal choice books in your room?
Do you have to teach from a reader at your school, or are you allowed to use novels in your classroom?