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What Is a Reading Workshop Minilesson?

What Is a Reading Workshop Minilesson?

In last week’s post, I described what reading workshop is and how it can be modified to work in primary classrooms. Today I’m going to go more in-depth on an essential component of reading workshop: the minilesson. In today’s post, I’ll discuss the structure of a minilesson and how to figure out what to teach…Continue Reading

What Does Reading Workshop Look Like In The Primary Grades?

What Does Reading Workshop Look Like In The Primary Grades?

Thinking about implementing the reading workshop approach in your K-2 classroom? You’re in the right place! In this post, I’ll explain what reading workshop is, what it can consist of, and how to make it work with our youngest students! Photo Credt; Sergiy Bykhuneko, Shutterstock What is reading workshop? Reading workshop looks different in different districts,…Continue Reading

How to Launch Writing Workshop In First Or Second Grade

How to Launch Writing Workshop In First Or Second Grade

Two weeks ago, I wrote a post about launching writing workshop in Kindergarten. I started this little series with Kindergarten a) because I was going in chronological order, but b) because I taught Kindergarten before I moved up to 1st and 2nd grade. Having taught Kindergarten first (and Pre-K before that), I’d never before worked with students…Continue Reading

How to Launch Your Kindergarten Writing Workshop

How to Launch Your Kindergarten Writing Workshop

It’s the first day of Kindergarten. Two kids won’t stop crying, and another refuses to sit in a chair. Writing workshop is probably the last thing on your mind! But if you’re intending to use the writing workshop model with your Kindergarteners, you’ll need to start getting things in place that first week of school. I…Continue Reading

GRO: The Must-Have App For Teaching Guided Reading

GRO: The Must-Have App For Teaching Guided Reading

When Amanda Duke told her husband about a strategy she’d learned for taking guided reading notes, he was shocked. Take notes on sticky notes and then attach them to sheets of paper? It didn’t sound practical or professional to him. And Amanda agreed. As a Kindergarten and first grade teacher, she’s always loved teaching guided reading.…Continue Reading