I've been following your work for a couple years now and I am so impressed and inspired by how you run your classroom. I teach 4th grade and am trying to get a feel for managing the workshop.
One challenge I am facing is keeping the kids engaged in their independent reading. It seems that I have several students spending their entire reading time looking for books, and not enough time reading or at least trying to read books they've picked from our library or my classroom library.
Also... do you use basal readers in your classroom? We use them to teach our strategies, so I am looking for insight into balancing Reading Workshop and whole-group basal reading.
I would love to hear your other tips on how to manage students during the workshop times.
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