Readers Workshop is
a block of approximately 50 minutes each day in an environment where
all readers are respected and reading lives are nurtured. Time is spent
talking, reading independently, buddy reading, conferring with other
students and/or the teacher, working in guided reading groups at the
child’s instructional level, participating in a mini-lesson (7-10
minutes), being read to by the teacher and sharing/reflecting one one’s
place 4-5 days a week as well, and lasts 40-50 minutes. During
this time, students learn through talking/sharing, curriculum driven
mini-lessons, conferring, writing and reflecting. The majority of mini
lessons focus on a mentor text read aloud by the teacher and the
students are encouraged to try it on their own. Throughout the year
narrative writing, informational writing and opinion writing are all explored.
Word Study is
a block of time in which we do a variety of activities that
focus on high frequency words, spelling words, word families, and
strategies for decoding words.
Children are given opportunities for individual
choices and work. There are however, clear expectations for what they
need to be doing and consequences for when they choose not to use their
work time well.