So my plan is still mostly the same - reading groups and some independent work/reading combination. It is a school and district requirement that I meet with the kids in small groups - and I enjoy it. I'll have 85 minutes - I'm thinking of dividing each block class into 6 groups. I'll meet with 3 groups per day, per block. I'm starting to lay out a plan for obtaining grades too - we have to have at least 2 per week, the admin likes to see more than that when possible.
I found a recommendation from Shannon for The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller. I was able to grab it from the library today - and it has reminded me of my long-put-off desire to have a "reading workshop" approach in my classroom. So that is something else for me to think about. On page 15 she mentions several books I've got - sitting right here in front of me in my home office. I LOVE that! Here are the books mentioned:
- In the Middle by Nancie Atwell
- Guiding Readers and Writers by Fountas and Pinnell
- Mosaic of Thought by Keene and Zimmerman
- Yellow Brick Roads by Janet Allen
- Teaching for Comprehension and Fluency by Fountas and Pinnell
- Reading Essentials by Regie Routman
- Spotlight on Comprehension by Hoyt
How do you handle a big transition like this? Are you a planner or do you like to fly by the seat of your pants?