What is Independent Reading, Really? Independent reading is any time carved out of your day in which your students are reading self-selected books that are a "good fit" for them. There are different kinds of reading that may be going on in your room during this time and it will look different from classroom to classroom.The focus of this time is to support, encourage and validate your students as they grow as readers, through all of their ages and stages. When do I find the Time? Independent Reading is an indispensable part of the day in a literacy rich classroom. More Formal/ Larger Chunks of Independent Reading Time Informal (yet super powerful) Reading Times Getting Started: The Nuts & Bolts On Keeping Reading Logs For what purpose? Think of reading logs with a different purpose- to gather insight into reading habits in class, to use as a very informative means of getting to know your readers, styles, likes/ dislikes, comfort levels and preferences. On Use of Reading Levels
All About Balanced LiteracyShared Reading is a link in helping students become independent readers. It allows the teacher to model and support students using prediction and confirming skills. It allows less confident students the chance to share stories/articles/poetry in a nonthreatening situation. It focuses on the meaning, fun, enjoyment, characters and sequence of a story and allows them to relate it back to their own experiences. Shared Reading is an interactive reading experience. In the shared reading model there are multiple readings of the books over several days. During the initial reading, the teacher: · Introduces the book (shares theme, examines title, cover, illustrations, and makes predictions) · Relates prior experience to text · Concentrates on enjoying the text as a whole · Encourages students to use background knowledge to make predictions · Encourages spontaneous participation in the reading of the story · Discusses personal responses to the book During Shared Reading:
Teaching With a Mountain View: Anchor Chart Tips & TricksIt's no secret that I have a "thing" for anchor charts. My readers know it, my students know it, my colleagues know it, my husband knows it... I can't help it--they have changed my classroom! They have made my walls interactive instead of stagnant. I just LOVE anchor charts. I remember seeing anchor charts begin to pop up on Pinterest and looking at mine in shame. 1) Scour Pinterest for Ideas: Nobody says that all of your anchor charts have to be your 100% original creation, and there are a TON of anchor charts out there already, and more are added every day as teachers create them for their classrooms. 2) Create them WITH your class: Remember in tip number one how I said I don't usually find one that's perfect for my class? *REMEMBER: The purpose of anchor charts is to anchor the learning happening in YOUR classroom. 3) Plan Ahead: Just because I make the charts with my class certainly doesn't mean I don't have a plan of action before I start. 5) Invest in some Mr.
Interactive Read Aloud: How To Do It and Why It WorksEvery teacher should know how to do an interactive read aloud. Here is why it works and how to do it. When you consider a framework for best literacy methods within a classroom, daily read alouds from a variety of genres should be a foundational teaching practice. There are a variety of purposes for reading books out loud. Sometimes it is simply for pleasure, and that is an experience many students never received. Other purposes can include: develop background knowledge necessary for understanding a topictarget vocabulary developmentdemonstrate prosodylearn how to inference, make judgements and use meta-cognition strategiesintegrate higher order questioning skills set the stage for a unit or lessondevelop connections to a text (text-to-self, world or another text)meet academic content standards at a students frustration level However you choose to use reading aloud to kids, it should be done in a variety of ways across different genres, every single day. What is an Interactive Read Aloud? 1.
A Differentiated Kindergarten: Math Stations Tips (and a Freebie) Linky PartyMath Stations! So fun and, yet somehow, so hard to wrap your head around. . . When I first started contemplating math stations, it was shortly after reading Debbie Diller’s fabulous Math Work Stations. (You should really check it out HERE if you haven't read it.) There was so much great information in there, but I knew that, ultimately, it had to work with the room-size I had inherited and the number of kids-versus-adults that I would have using them. Organize Them! So even though some of you have heard it all before from me, I am constantly tweaking my stations a bit here and there. Materials are, of course, housed in the nine drawers which are labeled 1-9. The pocket charts hold name tags (When I have students there are names on them. Students with a green name tag would use the materials labeled with a green dot, or bit of green washi tape. Take a look at this flowchart . . . Of course I don't do that. Getting Them Going!!! So what kinds of activities should they be doing?
25 Anchor Charts for Teaching WritingAnchor charts are a great way to make thinking visible as you record strategies, processes, cues, guidelines and other content during the learning process. Here are 25 of our favorite charts for teaching your students all about writing. The Why Behind Writers Workshops Source: The First Grade Parade First and second graders will draw inspiration from this fun-filled anchor chart about why we write. Make this chart applicable to older students by expanding on each aspect with a specific audience or goal. "To share experiences" can become "to share experiences with friends, in a postcard or with readers in a memoir." Setting Goals Source: second-grade writing-goals chart sets goals around important writing skills for younger students: punctuation, and vocabulary. Source: Juice Boxes and CrayolasIt's the icing on the cake! Looking for more?
Reader's Workshop.orgMrs. Wills Kindergarten: 10 Questions Answered-Math WorkshopI am going to try to answer some of the questions we have gotten on our Math Workshop units. 1. Do you have a year-long plan created? Yes and no. Yes, our year long plan looks like scratch paper and post it notes. It is not ready for public view, but I will have it posted within the next week (or you can take away my birthday.) 2. You betcha! 3. These vocabulary cards are included in the unit. 4. I dragged these home during my Spring Break to help me work on the year-long plan (see question #1). I keep the anchor charts that I have to still make in the pocket of the binder. 5. I have had to get a larger basket! 1. 2. 3. 4. Other materials go in this tub. 6. As you know, this series has a lot of anchor charts. 7. I start each day with fluency practice (quick), then we go into workshop mode. 9. 10. Click on the image below to learn more about these units.