Guest post via @SwinehartJulie: Five Ways Your Classroom Library will Sell Itself (Without taking up valuable class time!)

Classroom libraries are essential in the workshop model, as kids who have access to books will naturally read more books. I’m beyond thrilled that my school has invested so much into our classroom libraries. Now that the books are here, it’s time to get the students to read them! Book talks are an essential way […]

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Guest Post via @SwinehartJulie: Three Do’s and Don’ts of Implementing Readers Workshop

I’m just wrapping up my eighteenth year of teaching English Language Arts. For the first seventeen, I taught in a pretty predictable, traditional manner: assign a book, a reading schedule, give quizzes, poster projects, assign essays, administer exams, and show the movie. This year was so different. In September, I started the workshop model in […]

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Guest Post via @SwinehartJulie: Design Thinking and Choice in Summer Reading

Summer reading assignments are a hotly debated topic this time of year, especially when it’s tough to reconcile the workshop model’s foundation of student challenge and choice with something like a required reading program. What’s a teacher to do? It’s a given that students need to read over the summer. When teachers and students have built a […]

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