The daily musings of a substitute teacher in East Central Illinois.

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.

4 responses

  1. I love days like that, or moments like that. Where things just click and something works. Plus time reading and everyone is enjoying reading and seeing my students (kids) love to read makes it all worth it. Just need to remind myself. Daily. (remind me NOT to stop their reading to do other work… 🙂

    February 18, 2011 at 11:32 pm

  2. You certainly have more leeway in how long certain activities go on and when you finish one thing and start another. It is a bit harder when you have to accomplish a certain number of things each day and only have so much time to do it. Also, the students had to go to lunch after a brief writing period.

    February 19, 2011 at 11:13 am

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