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So as a preface to this post, I need to tell you a few things about my classroom.
1- I teach fourth grade in southeastern Utah (think the Bears Ears National Monument, which I am not going to discuss...promise). The town I live and teach in is just above the Navajo Nation. We are definitely a Title I school.
2- My students this year (and pretty much every year) range from a pre-k/k to an 8th grade reading level. Serioulsy. I have two students who have learned to read for the first time this year. So the span of reading levels is huge.
3- I run my "guided reading" a bit different. I am fortunate to have an awesome reading aid come in and run my traditional guided reading groups. I pull students who need extra help as she does the groups. The students who are not being met with work on Book Clubs, Spelling and Writing.
Okay, so there is the low-down of my environment. The rest will make a bit more sense now.
This section of the book is FABulous!
First off, engagement is SO VERY IMPORTANT when reading. With such a wide span of reading levels in my class it is even more important. I really need my students to be engaged when they are reading their book club books. Now, I let my students select their books for my book clubs. I know, I know, some teachers are cringing, but hear me out please. I lay out about 10 books and then I go over them with the students. I flat out tell the kids what level the book is. My students know what level they are so they can make a decision about the books. The reason I let my students select their own books is because they are more engaged when this happens. Engagement is essential for growth! .........and it is essential for my reading rotations, because I wouldn't be able to meet with students if I was constantly trying to get kids engaged in their books :)
Okay, so my top strategies from this section.
2.1 - A Perfect Reading Spot. Oh oh oh, how important is this. Love the anchor chart that goes along with it as well. I always go over this at the beginning and middle of the year, but never with an anchor chart. I am going to do this strategy ASAP!
*Question - Does anyone create a reading space for students? Like pillows, comfy chairs, etc.
2.3/2.4 - Keep Your Eyes and Mind in the Book. I am throwing 2.3 in with this one because I feel you can hit them both with one stone. I like how the anchor chart GOes over the three steps of what to do when your attention shifts. The second step is back up and re-read (2.3) and the third step is so very important - rethink your book and/or environment (2.1). Love this anchor chart as well.
2.14/2.18 - Tracking Progress on a Stamina Chart & Reading Log Reflection. I am going to throw these two together as well. Tracking progress is a great idea on anything students do. I have never been a huge reading log fan, but I love the reflection part of this strategy. Brilliant!
*Question - Does anyone do reading logs with their students and have them reflect like this? If so, how is it working?
*Question - What is your favorite strategy from this section?
I really do like the anchor charts that go along with the strategies. I actually happened across this post on Facebook today and I am going to start an anchor chart binder. Do you have an anchor chart binder or sketch book? If so, will you share a picture of it with me?
Well, that sums up this post. Please leave any questions or comments below. I am excited and eager to discuss this section with you.