Wow-this post is chockful of great ideas and resources! Thanks, Victoria!
My district follows the reading and writing workshop philosophy, having been a Columbia Teachers' College project school for many years. By the time my students get to me in grade 2, they have developed the 'reading and writing habit' thanks to the good foundation started in K and 1. Having students read in books at their just right level for flluency and comprehension allows me to individualize instruction and push their thinking about their literacy work deeper.
I use reading logs for reading homework accountability and I'm planning on incorporating more 'reading response' notebook writing this year to build in more accountability during the workshop and to create a 'portfolio' of sorts to show the development of students' thinking over the course of units.
Thank you, Charlene. :) I am going to incorporate the Moose binders this year, too, for organization- mine is called the jPod binder. In there will be all the reading logs for the year in one section so students can see their progress. The portfolio idea is also great- I keep folders for students- I hope to become even better in that area this year.
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