Student Agency vs. Reading Instruction — Making Good Humans

It is no secret that this year I have been trying to create a classroom culture that respects and supports’ my students’ agency in their journey as learners. One of my biggest challenges this year has been figuring out how traditional approaches to reading instruction can fit within a model designed to help students take back ownership […]

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Reading is Supposed to be Quiet, Right? Wrong! — Sweet Tea and a Live Oak Tree

In our classroom, I utilize a reading workshop model. A mini-lesson followed by independent reading and guided reading. I’ve always wondered how I could make independent reading more robust. I love the “why” of independent reading but there were always a few students who weren’t totally into it. Given that so much time is spent independent reading […]

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Foodie Friday! Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies (Cook’s Illustrated) — Chew Out Loud

Touted as Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies, these cookies live up to their name. They stay so soft and chewy for days. Browned butter here makes all the difference, creating a toffee-like depth that makes your taste buds oh-so-happy. Happy almost-weekend, All I’m so ready for it, after this whirlwind of a week. That includes today’s incessant…

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10 Best Practices for Brain Compatible Teaching!

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  3. Learners need novel activities

  4. Require frequent responses

  5. Allow appropriate wait time

  6. Combine content with music or movement

  7. Provide water every 10 to 45 minutes

  8. Offer fresh or dried fruits

  9. Create a relaxing atmosphere that feels “homey”

  10. Allow students to make choices

Critical Component for Guided Reading Success & FREEBIES!!

There is only one way to know if your students are transferring the strategies you teach in guided reading to their reading behaviors, and that is…independent reading!  reading

If you do not have 15-20 minutes in your day for independent reading, find a way to fit it in!  And by the way, you need to be available during this time to observe and confer with your students!

What the research says…

Students who read independently become better readers, score higher on achievement tests in all subject areas, and have greater content knowledge than those who do not (Krashen 1993; Cunningham and Stanovich 1991; Stanovich and Cunningham 1993)

Students who do a substantial amount of voluntary reading demonstrate a positive attitude toward reading is upheld in both qualitative and quantitative research (Long and Henderson 1973; Greaney 1980; Hepler and Hickman 1982; Greaney and Hegarty 1987; Reutzel and Hollingsworth 1991; Shapiro and White 1991; Mathewson 1994; Barbieri 1995; Short 1995)

Students’ reading achievement has been shown to correlate with success in school and the amount of independent reading they do (Greaney 1980; Anderson, Fielding and Wilson 1988)

Time spent reading contributes to reading achievement in ways that simply doing worksheets or other activities does not (Allington, 2002; Foorman et al., 2006)

We become more proficient at what we practice (Cullinan 1992)

 

A few things to consider…

You may need to build the stamina of the students to read for 15-20 minutes at a time, especially if they are new to independent reading.  Start with 3-5 minutes if you need to- rather than having 20 minutes where you are redirecting behaviors for 15 of them!

Make sure students have several books they can read independently, in case they lose interest in one or finish before time is up.  They should also have one or two books that stretch them a bit in the direction of the next level they are working toward.

Allow students to find a space alone n the room where they can get comfortable or move away from others to focus on reading.  Rug squares or pillows would be a good investment.  This sends the message that reading is enjoyable and not just a desk and chair activity!

Consider giving students the opportunity for the last few minutes to talk with a partner about what they read.  You can even offer a topic for  them to discuss like What was something interesting you read? or What made you laugh while you were reading?  Or you could have them discuss a skill you are working one like, What did you learn about your character? or Was your book fiction or non fiction?  How do you know?  This brings in social context of riding and creates accountability for their reading time.  At some point students can begin to come up with sharing ideas or questions.

What should YOU do?

Observe:  Simply watch reading behaviors of the class as a whole, or individual readers to determine teaching or support needs.  Especially when you are introducing things and building stamina.  Here is an inventory you can use to note student behaviors during independent reading.  You can adjust the form as needed here EngagementInventory

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Confer:  Listen in to students’ reading while scaffolding, questioning, or checking on specific strategies you’ve taught during your guided reading lessons.  How else will you know if they are actually applying the strategies they have learned properly- or at all??  Before leaving each student, tell them 2 things they did well and one thing they should work on…”2 Hugs and a Push” or “2 Glows and a Grow”.

Here are some sample of conferencing forms…click on them to get the PDF

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Found some amazing information and freebies here…
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   Here is a free download I found there…
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What are some ideas you have for independent reading?  Comment below!
Enjoy,
J.

Foodie Friday! Lemon Basil Orzo with Chicken

This Lemon Basil Orzo with Chicken is quick, easy, and absolutely scrumptious. It’s the ultimate spring-summer dinner; light yet incredibly tasty. It’s an instant hit you can count on. April showers are swooping in, but they’ve got nothin’ on our bright spring vibe today. The skies might be pouring, but we’ve got a kitchen full…

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How to be a Teacher Reading Role Model!

I was taught in college that to be a teacher reading role model, I should read in front of my students; not just read aloud, but actually sit down and read in front of them so they could see how much reading meant to me. So when I embraced independent reading, I did just that; pulled my […]

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Foodie Friday- Sloppy Joenuts!! Great idea!

My favorite foodie site has just solved the “sloppy” problem with sloppy joes!!! 

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Click their logo above  to see all the yummy recipes!

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This is going to make me fall in love with sloppy joes again!  NO MORE MESS!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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