Monday, September 19, 2011

New This Year: Literacy Stations

In an effort to try to make English and Language Arts instruction more engaging for students, there's been a school-wide change to the way we structure our classes. We'll be using "stations" during Reading and Writing Workshops (and hopefully also during Math, too).

A station is a place a student works for a short time on an assigned task, usually with a partner. In my class we've been rotating among 8 different stations. They include: Independent Reading, responding to prompts on edmodo, editing skills, reading comprehension skills, book making (students read a book and then make a page for a class book), and non-fiction reading.

We're still getting into the swing of things, and kids are learning how to manage their time effectively, but I think it's going very well. As we move forward and start switching teachers for reading workshop, the stations will become more challenging...and this will help boost literacy skills, I am sure. (That switch, by the way, will happen NEXT Monday, not this Monday as previously reported).

Math stations and Writing stations will be taking place, too. Stay tuned for further updates. Station time, by the way, is a great time to come volunteer in the classroom. Let me know if you'd like to do that and we can set something up!

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