June 2014 - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom
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Hooray! I'm so excited to help host this section of our book study! Catherine from The Brown-Bag Teacher was such a wonderful coordinator of this study, and she knows me and my workshop addiction love, so this was a perfect week for me to host!

Let me start off by telling you what Donalyn Miller suggests in her book for setting a schedule:
She goes by the rule of thirds. She suggests: one third of your reading time is devoted to independent reading, conferring, and small groups; one third direct instruction; and one third independent practice. I think this is a great rule to go by, because it's not like those other books you've read that just say "you must have two hours for your reading block."

Well....... I would LOVE two hours, but that isn't what I'm given. At my school, our schedule is given to us. So here is what I do- (click the page below to download the PDF- and ignore the funky colors on Google Drive!)
(This page came from my Launching Reading Workshop Pack,
where I go into great detail of what I do in each block of time.)

I don't exactly follow the rule of thirds- mine is more like half and half. That is mainly because the fourth grade students at my school are expected to sustain independent reading for at least thirty minutes. It is also what I have found works best for actually getting to a group AND conferring all in one day. While I'm working with a group or conferring, my students read in their book nooks. This helps to give them a place to feel comfortable while reading.
These are some of the book nooks I used two years ago. This past year, I had some of the same, and some new ones- including a few more pillows because they LOVE pillows.

Then, as I shared with you last week, the last 15-20 minutes of my school day is our read-aloud time, and nothing takes its place!

I am going to leave you with what I think is the most powerful line from this section of the book:

What matters is that our daily work in the classroom values best practices and doesn't become bogged down with a lot of must-dos and tired activities that crowd out authentic learning opportunities for our students.

My schedule might not work for you. Donalyn's might not work for you. The point is, you do what you know is right in the time that works best for you and your schedule. Everyone has their own unique teaching style, and no one else will ever be Lucy Calkins! I took what I liked from Lucy, and also Debbie Miller, Stephanie Harvey, Beth Newingham, Irene Fountas, and Gay Su Pinnell... and I put it all together to make my workshop happen. Maybe you've done that too, and now you can add "Jivey" to your list of people! :o)

I'd love to hear from you about what your schedule looks like, either by linking up or by posting in the comments below!

Another Five For Friday already? Eeeeek! Slow down summer!!
Tomorrow is the first official day of summer!
I hope EVERYONE is officially on summer vacation now!!?!?
Make sure you come grab up some fresh freebies and enter the giveaways to win some great products from some fabulous Georgia bloggers!
This awesome book study started yesterday!
It's not too late to join us if you'd like! Come see what other bloggers have to say about the first section of the study!
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I'm going to leave you today with one of my favorite parts of being at home over the summer... my sweet puppies! I don't have children yet, but still manage to have toys all over the floor....... :-P

I'm so excited to start this book study! There are some AMAZING bloggers and non-bloggers joining in over the next 7 weeks! Join us each week by linking up your posts/ideas if you are a blogger. If you're not a blogger, that's okay! You can read/follow and comment. We want to hear your advice, thoughts, and ideas for the classroom, too. The more teachers we have joining, the more amazing our classrooms will be this fall!
Today, these friends are hosting Chapter 1: Wild Readers Dedicate Time to Read-

Make sure to visit them, as well as the other fabulous teachers that have linked up (you'll see the others at the end of this post).

After reading the first section of chapter 1, this quote came to mind:
We cannot expect our students to be lifelong readers, or "readers in the wild" if we aren't ourselves! I'm totally guilty of the I'm-so-busy-excuse, but we have to make time, just as we expect our students to make time. 

One way to show them how important it is to carve out reading time each day is to show them at school. You can tell them how you read daily at home, but they just have to take your word for it... but demonstrating it at school will help it sink in. For me, I have 15-20 minutes at the end of the school day that is "sacred" read-aloud time. I don't let anything take it away- even if we don't finish an activity. We HAVE to read whatever chapter book we are reading at the time every day in my room. My kiddos are able to see that I have carved out that time and I won't let anything take it away. Of course, this is not the only time we read, but that read-aloud time is "OUR" time. 

Donalyn Miller, the author of Reading in the Wild, also emphasizes the importance of teaching students that reading can be done in any of those spare minutes you have- because students like to say "I was too busy," and yes, our students today are super busy... daycare, sports, church, homework, appointments, dinner, etc. But if they bring a book with them wherever they go, they could read in those spare minutes! Waiting for the dentist? Read in the waiting room instead of playing Angry Birds on your older sister's phone. Read in the car. Read while you wait for mom to get off the phone... 

Again, showing them how to do this starts in the classroom- they should leave a book on their desk all day so that when they have time, they should read. My kids know not to ask me what to do when they are done. They know the answer by the end of the first day of school- "READ."

This section included soooo much more, and I could go on and on for days, but what spoke to me the most was making time to read. I am committing to reading every day this summer, and not just professional teacher books! :o)

Here are my questions for you: Do you read daily? What good books have you read lately?

Next week, Mrs. Allen and I will host Chapter 1: Creating a Workshop Schedule (June 26th). *This is a SUPER short section (only 4 pages), but a great chance to share/showcase your workshop schedule and sneak a peek at classrooms all over the world!*

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