What is the Objective of Reader's Workshop?
The 3 Parts 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
- Mini Lessons
- 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.