Independent Work During Reading Workshops

This is just a short page of notes I stumbled upon from my days as an elementary education major. Rather than entirely throw it away I typed it below.

How can you prepare students for independent work during reading and writing workshops?

  • have independent reading every school day
  • create an inviting environment for independent readingmath clip art
    • reading rugs, an old couch, a reading loft, big pillows, cozy reading corners, soft incandescent lighting from lamps
    • providing choice affects motivation and can make students feel empowered and enthusiastic


  • take anecdotal records regularly
  • paired discussions, pair students with similar interests and copies of same book
  • response logs – short entries title, number of pages read, brief remarks
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