I <3 Reading
Today was a 2nd grade (gifted/talented) teacher at Stratton Elementary in Champaign. It has been some time since I last worked with these students, but I have always had a great experience with them. Today was no different. The students in this class are bright, hard-working, fun, and engaging.
The greatest part of the day was, by far, the 45 minutes we spent on a readers workshop. This is a somewhat new practice started in the school district that incorporates a program known as the Daily Five, although the Daily Five doesn’t always actually include all five activities. The activities are: read to self, read with others, listen to reading, word work, and writing. During the workshop, were to engage in reading to themselves. They were given one minute to select a book, select a place in the room, and start reading. I have tried to do things like this in the past with other classes, but usually the results are somewhat mixed. Today was much different though.
It took the entire class only 30 seconds to get situated. They began reading and they continued reading. Instead of having to walk around the room reminding students to read quietly, I was able to actually sit down and read as well. It was awesome. I actually felt bad about making them stop reading at the end of 45 minutes, but we had to move on to other work. It was days like today that make me think that, just maybe, Stratton’s emphasis on reading is getting through to at least some of the students in the school.