Reflection: Routines and Procedures Independent Reading Strategy Folder - Section 2: Independent Reading & Conferring


At the start of the year, I never get as many conferences done, but by October 15th, I'm usually smooth sailing with conferring. In September, we are still building the routines necessary that keep students engaged. I have to be far more on guard and observant at the start of the school year. If a kid seems disengaged from their reading, I strike up a conversation. I'll call them over to me and ask them a few questions about their book:

What do you like about this novel?

If they don't seem to be able to answer, I say: Is their a possibility that you're not interested in reading this book? And if yes, do you think it's one of those books that might get better, if you stick with it a little longer? Because sometimes that can happen...

If not, I urge them to choose a new title. By the time October rolls around, kids are into their new routine and the classroom runs like a well-oiled machine.

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Independent Reading Strategy Folder

Unit 1: Reader's & Writer's Workshop: The Launch
Lesson 13 of 13

Objective: In this folder, you'll find helpful resources to enact many independent reading lessons, which promote accountability and comprehension.

Big Idea: "A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

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