How’s It Going: Conferring With Students

This post is part of the Workshop 101 series, designed to teach the nuts and bolts of Reading and Writing Workshop. You can view the entire series here. As mentioned in my previous Workshop 101 post, one of workshop teaching’s characteristic components is an approach to differentiated instruction calledĀ conferring.Ā A conference is a short, one-on-one conversation […]

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Getting Started with the Units of Study

It’s summer vacation! That glorious time when teachers stay up late, sleep in later, and do absolutely nothing but soak up the sunshine. Just kidding! Most of the teachers I know (including yours truly) spend their summer breaks getting ready for the year to come: planning, planning, and more planning to ensure a smooth next […]

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Share Time

This post is part of the Workshop 101 series, designed to teach the nuts and bolts of Reading and Writing Workshop. You can view the entire series here. If you’ve been following along with the posts in the Workshop 101 series, you’ll know that a workshop lesson has three components: the minilesson, where the teacher […]

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They’re Reading…Now What?

This post is part of the Workshop 101 series, designed to teach the nuts and bolts of Reading and Writing Workshop. You can view the entire series here. You finish your ten-minute minilesson. Your students, inspired to begin the day’s work, look at you expectantly. You say the words: “Off you go!” They spring to […]

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The Minilesson

This post is part of the Workshop 101 series, designed to teach the nuts and bolts of Reading and Writing Workshop. You can view the entire series here. If you were a fly on the wall at the beginning of a typical Reading Workshop, you would observe something like this: The students are busily gathering […]

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What is Balanced Literacy?

All Reading Workshop is Balanced Literacy, but not all Balanced Literacy is Reading Workshop. Clear, right? When you dip your toe into the world of workshop teaching, you are bound to see the term “balanced literacy.” The two go hand-in-hand. But figuring out exactly what balanced literacy is turns out not to be so easy. […]

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Workshop Supplies

This post is part of the Workshop 101 series, designed to teach the nuts and bolts of Reading and Writing Workshop. You can view the entire series here. So, you’ve decided to adopt workshop teaching your classroom. Congrats! As you shelve those old basal readers and box up your class novel sets, you might be […]

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Workshop 101

“We do Reading Workshop,” is a phrase you may be hearing more and more these days. Whether it’s called Reading Workshop, Reader’s Workshop, or just Workshop, the workshop model of instruction is cropping up in classrooms across the country. And it may be leaving you wondering: What, exactly, is workshop teaching? While I wouldn’t call […]

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