You are a Godsend. (And no, it's NOT because you were blessed by the Pope... err, maybe? :-D)
I am in my fourth year of doing Reader's Workshop, and there are still gaps. No other teachers at my school use this method, and because of that, I am not entirely comfortable. Last year in the second half was where it went EXTREMELY well- but the first month of this year has been very, very challenging. Maybe you can help me with a few questions I have.
-I noticed that one boy just flips through his books, though I know he reads at home because his parents have him complete it daily. He reads Just Right books at home because mom cares about him being challenged. What would you do in the classroom with him? Thankfully, most of the others are reading Just Right books daily now.
-I have noticed a few kids take a VERY long time to complete Just Right books. One girl is on page 20 or so, and she started about a week ago. She likes the book, yet I am very concerned!
-One mom has noted her girl likes to read several books at once. I suggested her having a book bin/ wish list at home as well as school. What advice have you given there?
-How long is a conference, normally? 10 minutes or so? I am wondering when I can meet with small groups/partnerships as well- I don't want anyone ever left out in my weekly plan.
The rest, really, are doing so much better realizing that they know what I expect. I think their understanding will deepen even more next week when we have our parent/student/teacher conferences.
I know I am an advisor, too, but these questions challenge my thinking a bit.
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