Holy moly. I can’t believe this is the last week of school before Thanksgiving. That means November is basically over, y’all. I can’t even handle it. I’ve been cooking up this post for a while, and I finally feel semi-organized before 9:00pm on a Sunday so I’m here to share some ideas with you today.
First, before I forget I wanted to let you know that I just made some table points trackers, if that’s a thing you’re into. You can snag them for a measly $1.50 right here. My littles this year are having a hard time seeing the big picture. They keep getting caught up on fussing at each other, and if we’re being completely honest it’s driving me NUTS! I’m a teacher, not a referee, yo! So I’m hoping that this will be helpful to us. I’ll make sure to let you know how it all shakes out.
I also wanted to get in on the work station posts that everyone does. When I started this blogging experiment I talked a lot about how I teach math in my classroom, but I wanted to take a break from that and talk about how guided reading and work stations looks in my classroom. First, they look REALLY different from last year for several reasons. 1.) My kids last year had a crazy high stamina and were great at working together, so I frequently did 3-4 guided reading groups in one day. And 2) my distract revamped their expectations for guided reading and literacy work stations (LWS), so I’m trying to fall in line like to good little worker bee that I envision myself to be. =) Basically, the way that we’re doing work stations this year is that we have 5 different work stations–fluency, word work, independent reading, writing, and inquiry and investigation (otherwise known as the work station that keeps me up at night). The activities in each work station are up to you, but you should have all 5 of them up and running and kids should cycle through them each week. The big change that’s been giving me the 1-2 punch this year is that we’re only supposed to pull 2 groups each day. That’s right. Just 2. I’ve also been having a hard time balancing that because I also have a Fundations Double Dose group right now that’s supposed to meet 3 times a week (M, W, F).
I will say one thing that has really helped keep us on track this year is a visual work station rotation board. I always kind of scoffed at them and had never used one before, but I have to say that I really am on board for it now. So helpful. It’s also really helped me shift responsibility to my little nuggets. Plus, it’s great for kids who transition back into the classroom during work stations. They just get their folder, check the board, and then go to meet their group. The other tool that I’m in LOVE with is our Scholastic guided reading library. DC bought it for all their elementary schools last year and it is amaze-balls. It has reading behaviors to teach at each level, and it has a matrix that lists each book, the level of the book, and what the book is designed to teach for word work and comprehension. It makes planning for guided reading a snap.
How many groups do you pull in a day? What resources do you use to plan?
Happy Football-watching! (Who-dey!)