I was really excited when I started reading this book because already from the first chapter there were things that I was doing in my classroom that I realized I could improve on and things that I was doing right (which always makes you feel good)! One of the things that I'm excited about is our Reader's Workshop. The studets write me letters once a week about what they are reading, their thoughts and feelings, predictions, using the strategy of the week, etc., and I write them back. Definitely connecting their reading and their writing I feel! Now I want to think of some more creative ways to incorporate writing. If anyone has other ideas please let me know!
The "Light bulb" Moments for me:
- Guided Reading is the "We Do" of a lesson
- Independent learning should be student directed and engaging in what was practiced in guided reading groups - Reading, Writing, "Must-do" (Ch. 2)
- LOVED the analogy of the just right books to standing on your tiptoes!!!
- The 90/10 percent (challenging words) when put into context was an eye opener of how many words were too difficult for them to read on each page. 200 words on each page = 20 challenging words per page!
- Use easier text to reinforce strategies and skill and revisit the text
- When revisiting the text provide a different purpose each day
- Students have different ways of learning so why not different ways of thinking? Don't get upset with the student who keeps on talking out their response - they are just thinking out loud. Or the student who doesn't answer right away - they are just thinking internally for the right way to say it before they put their words out there.
- Three or more 18 minute sequences of guided reading lessons with each passage (this made me feel better because in my mind the title made me think that it all had to fit in one session)
- The reading-writing connection helps them think about what they are reading
Those are just a few, haha. The book is really great so far and I can't wait to delve more into it. Remember if you haven't received your copy of the book yet, or just want to follow along, you can still go Stenhouse Publisher's website and read an online copy for free! I would love to know what you all think so far so please feel free to leave comments (and don't forget to go give Misty some love too!).