Thanks so much for posting those links to my previous post. While they helped, I now have a few other questions! Sorry!
Your IDR tasks: what are they? I saw "Readers Responses" - are they like reading letters or do they pick one topic and write longer about it? Have you found some way of making reading enjoyable for students while still monitoring them to make sure they are using comprehension strategies and that they are interacting and thinking about what they are reading? I use post-its, but I feel like there is a piece missing - an actual assessment piece of the book they read and what they were thinking about as they read, or a summary, or book review, or SOMETHING to show me that they did indeed read the book, and not just read it while I was conferencing with them. My district wants my kids to read 25 books by the end of 3rd grade. Do I just assume that they're going to do that and not keep track of them? I feel like when I do that, kids are saying that they're reading a bunch of books, but when I ask them about the books, they can't discuss them because "They forgot." Very frustrated with this...I guess part of the "problem" is that we can be wide open about it!
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