What is the Objective of Reader's Workshop?
• Matches individual readers
• Teaches independence
• Explicitly teaches strategies to access skills
• Values time spent reading, volume of reading, and a variety of reading experiences
• Follows predictable structures and routines
The 3 Parts of Reader's Workshop:
1. Mini Lessons
2. Independent Reading with Conferences
• 5-10 minute lessons
• Short, focused, and direct instruction on a strategy
• Topics come from standards, units of study, and from teacher assessments of what most of the class needs.
• Students are engaged, jotting notes in their notebooks and ready to go back to their seats to demonstrate those skills in their independent reading
Independent Reading with Conferences:
• 20-40 minutes
• Students are engaged in FVR (free, voluntary reading), using strategies learned in mini lessons, sometimes meeting with partners/groups, and also writing in response to their reading
• Teacher is individualizing the instruction for everyone during conferences
• Students are using Logs, Post-its, and Reading Notebooks
• 5-10 minutes
• Gather students together to use students’ work and experiences to illustrate teaching points.
• Teacher celebrates or summarizes what she observed or talked about with students.
Students can share examples of their learning.