WOW! Thank you so much for the valuable information! I have just started my second year of teaching. I have a couple questions about Reading Workshops. During mini-lessons do you write everything on the chart paper before or during the lessons? Also, how do you suggest incorporating stories from our basal into the Reading Workshops format? My other questions will probably be answered in a later post, but how are the students divided for centers? Do you just provide a few centers for the students to do each week or are they able to choose from any of the centers?
Thanks again for your great post!
Hello, Brittany! I do both with the mini-lessons- sometimes I write before, but most of the time, I write on the charts during the lessons. I think I incorporate stories from the basal by finding which skill the story focuses on and discussing it in the fifteen minutes of the daily mini-lesson. Last, my students cannot decide which center they are working on entirely, though they have some choices that focus around specific skills. As the year moves on, I do give them more choices, but at the beginning, I cannot do that yet. They are split up for centers by interests/some abilities/being able to work together- and as I said, the groups are comprised of two partnerships (or trios). I hope you have a sensational year!
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