We're into our sixth week of school already, and I'm working on planning how to "launch" the next phase of reading workshop in my classroom.
In the first five weeks so far, it's been all about setting up reading and writing workshop in the classroom. We've discussed routines galore. We've had many discussions about what good readers do and how they act.
To summarize some of our class thinking thus far in Reading Workshop, I thought I'd post some pictures of our reading workshop anchor charts in order to share some workshop "foundations" for the school year. Anchor charts are nothing new, certainly, and many teachers find the value in using them to capture student thinking and important teaching points about a variety of reading and writing routines.
I've had teachers ask me about reusing anchor charts from year to year. I always re-create anchor charts with students each year. I feel it's very important to use student thinking in creating the anchor charts. Nearly all of the writing on these anchor charts has come from student responses. This way, students have true ownership of the learning and thinking that we've collected on these charts, and they are therefore more inclined to refer back to them as the year progresses. After all, that is why we create these charts in the first place--to refer to and build a strong reading experience for our students.
I'll be sharing more soon about our reading workshop anchor charts and will reflect more on how these mini lessons are a critical part of students' reading instruction for the remainder of the year.