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Student Engagement in Writing and Reading Workshop

This is the second in a series of blog posts about different strategies I use to help my students take ownership of their learning. The first post was about class meetings. Today’s post is about giving kids opportunities to determine their own writing and reading plans every Friday afternoon. (Coming soon is the third post in this… Continue reading Student Engagement in Writing and Reading Workshop

Aimee Buckner · Notebook Connections · reading notebooks · reading strategies · reading workshop

Notebook Connections

Every year I struggle with how to organize reading workshop. Even though I’ve been teaching for over 25 years and not new to workshop teaching, each new group of students makes me rethink the reading workshop. How do I help students set up their notebooks? How do I make sure students are using their notebooks… Continue reading Notebook Connections

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A Beginning List on the Don’t and Do’s of Reading Workshop

As I visit classrooms during the Reading Workshop time, I witness practices that are counterproductive to supporting students’ reading habits. I made up the following two lists to sort this out in my head and to use when I work with teachers. What NOT to do during Reading Workshop: interrupt independent reading to talk to… Continue reading A Beginning List on the Don’t and Do’s of Reading Workshop

character traits · Pam Allyn · reading workshop · The Complete Four

Character Traits

About a year ago, maybe more, I read The Complete Four by Pam Allyn.  See it here http://amzn.to/zpRRWl  I appreciated the concept of integrating reading and writing lessons so that what you do in reading workshop directly impacts what you do in writing workshop.  Here’s what the authors say about “the complete year”:  “Organized around the Complete… Continue reading Character Traits