Individualized Daily Reading (IDR)
- Grades: 3–5
Individualized Daily Reading (IDR) is the most critical component of Reading Workshop. It is during this 35–40 minutes that students are reading self-selected texts for a sustained period of time.
In the forward of Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak's book, Day-to-Day Assessment in the Reading Workshop: Making Informed Instructional Decisions in Grades 3–6, Nancy Atwell (another Reading Workshop guru) addresses the fact that implementing a Reading Workshop can be a daunting task to most teachers.
She says that many teachers ask her, "You mean, you just have them read?" Her answer is yes, but this common question certainly brings to light the need for student accountability in Reading Workshop.