That is awesome that the students get to the point where they are responsible and interested enough to create their own anchor charts. I love it.
I am going to make sure that I incorporate mini meetings with each student per week because after reading what you have said, watching the videos and thinking how much more the climate can change (for the better) based on teacher-student relationship. A student will be more willing to help you help them if they feel you are there for them. Metacognition :)
The calmness - I can imagine it would make you cringe because it's not manufactured. As I read it, I thought it has to be in your delivery and presence for them. Also, the modeling of behavior towards you, classmates and, respect for class. They were very respectful of each other.
Our school is ability grouped for reading. Does that make a difference in how reading workshop and writing works? They are also ability grouped for writing (our state test is over now so there is no more writing, except for fifteen minutes at the end of reading)?
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