This week we are discussing the look, feel and sounds of reading and writing workshop. We've talked a lot about what it looks like: in our own space, reading/looking at a book, writing in one area (may be by someone), some movement to get new material to read/write. For reading we talked about how quiet it is (especially when we are reading to our self) and that some people read aloud and that's fine. But not LOUD :) . It should feel like we are comfortable. Find the best spot for us to do our best work.
They practiced the right and wrong way to conduct both workshops and had a blast! Especially when they practiced how not to do it :) They did AWESOME and have already built themselves up to 10 and 15 min. with reading and writing respectively working. Normally classes don't' make it past 5 min.! I was so impressed!
I'm excited to get going on reading strategies and writing lessons soon since they have a great handle on the routine/expectation process! These books were a great way to express that they CAN read and write. And in order to get better we just need to practice, practice, practice!!