I really enjoyed reading all of your posts last year and have started out the year fully implementing reading and writing workshop. I am already having conferences with students and I absolutely love it so far! I have 26 students in both my a.m. and p.m. language arts classes, so I can only meet with each student once a week. I can already tell that they really enjoy the freedom of reading and writing in the classroom and it has been fantastic so far! I can't wait to see my students grow.
In response to Dana's post... I have my students do three rotations each day during my 90 minutes that I have for language arts. During the first two rotations I do conferences with students. During the final rotation, I pull a small group aside and we go over a story from the basil. I pull a different small group each day and we focus on the reading skill that we're covering during mini-lessons. It's worked very well so far!
I can't wait to read all of your great ideas in the upcoming year!
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