I am working on setting up a Reader's Workshop, and wanted to see if you could elaborate on what the children are doing while you are doing your guided reading groups and conferring.
From what I have read, you do a whole class mini lesson, then the majority of kids do IDR with a book of their choice with the mini-lesson in mind, and either talk back using post it notes, or do a writing follow up. Other kids meet with you for a guided reading group lesson. When the IDR kids finish their work, and if you dont take their reading group, what work do they do for the rest of the IDR time? If you don't see a student's reading group that day, do they read for 40 min?
Also, after a GR group, do you give a follow up reading or writing assignment for the group to do independently? If yes, when is that completed?
If you take a GR group as soon as IDR starts, when that group is finished, do they do GR work or the mini lesson work? Which is your priority? Thanks for any info you can provide--I am trying to get my head organized so my room can run smoothly!
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