After being away from teaching for 7 years to be a stay at home, I'm back to full time teaching. I stumbled upon your blog. I am truly inspired! I have two questions:
1. In this blog, you touched on character, plot, conflict and theme. Do you have any suggestions on teaching setting?
2. I teach at a school that requires using the basal text. I really want to somehow weave some of the "Reading Workshop" ideas and elements into the school's curriculum/schedule. I'm thinking of taking the stories in the basal and at least grouping them by strategies/genres etc. and using them 3 days a week and then having a traditional Reading Workshop one day a week. I feel pulled by two different approaches! Any thoughts?
Also...I'm re-building my library and I don't feel like I have enough books yet to sustain a full time Readers Workshop.
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