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Individualized Daily Reading (IDR)

By Beth Newingham on May 15, 2013
  • 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.

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Most everyday, students have some task that they have to do while they are taking part in individualized reading time. It may be as simple as a sticky note where they write what they are thinking while reading or more complex like a claim-evidence-reasoning sheet where they must make a claim about a book and provide evidence for their thinking. I try to switch it up so that their reading is not "interrupted" everyday with a time-consuming task, but I also need to hold my students accountable for reading and, more importantly, thinking while they are reading.

You can check out my post about my Reader's Notebook. Here you will find more about how I hold my students accountable: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top_teaching/2009/11/readers-notebook

I hope this helps!


So how do you hold the students accountable. I am having a tough time keeping my lowest readers on task. These are also the students who struggle with attention to task.

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