Lucy Calkins’ workshop model offers components of balanced literacy instruction, taking the best of what real readers and writers do and explicitly teaching these processes to students. Small group instruction is tailored to students’ individual needs. Typically, a reading or writing workshop lesson can includes the following:
Mini-lesson: students gather together and the teacher demonstrates an explicit reading or writing strategy.
Independent Work: students practice the strategy independently or with a partner.
Share: one or more students share their work with the class.An essential part of reading workshop is small group reading and one-on-one conferences. Extensive time is provided for independent reading. Students are able to chose their own books during reading time. During writing workshop, children also work independently; from kindergarten onward, children are encouraged to express themselves with paper and pencil. While students work independently, teachers pull small groups or conference with individuals.
From the Teacher’s College website:“The mission of the Reading and Writing Project is to help young people become avid and skilled readers, writers, and inquirers. We accomplish this goal through research, curriculum development, and through working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, teachers, principals and superintendents. The organization has developed state-of-the-art tools and methods for teaching of reading and writing, for using performance assessments and learning progressions to accelerate progress, and for literacy-rich content-area instruction.”
It can also seem odd to parents that we let students misspell some words when they write. We hold children accountable for spelling a word only after they understand the spelling features in that word through their word study. And we learn a lot about what our students know and don't know by how they misspell their words - what we call "using but confusing" a spelling feature. That helps us decide when they're ready to move on to a new spelling feature.
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