I love what you do in your classroom and I almost want to go back and be a 3rd grader in your classroom!
You mentioned that you stopped using the basal several years ago and implemented Readers' Workshop. Last year and as of now, I am still using the basal. The one plus side to the basal is that I am able to teach vocabulary, teach a certain reading skill and assess all of this learning easily. I am not at all attached to continue using the basal and would love to try to implement Readers' workshop, however, I do have a few questions:
How do you make sure to teach all of the reading curriculum? Do you use the 15 minute mini lesson time to teach reading elements such as, cause and effect, summary, main idea etc?
How do you keep the students accountable for learning these reading elements and assessing their learning?
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