Thanks for the compliments on my classroom!
Youe question about my K-2 colleagues is a great one! Fortunately our district is now adopting the reading workshop, and all teachers are being trained on how to implement it in their classrooms. With the exception of a teacher or two, most of the K-2 teachers in our building have just begun implenting it this year. However, some of the second grade teachers did begin implementing it in their classrooms last year. Before this year, I always launched my workshop with students who were completely unfamiliar with the approach. This year my students were somewhat familiar with reading workshop, and my launching was much easier. We are even using similar reading logs and routines, so that makes the transition from 2nd grade to 3rd grade better for both the teachers and the students.
I look forward to upcoming years when all of my students come to me with a background in reading workshop, but it can certainly still be successfully even with students who are completely unfamiliar with the structure.
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