In need of some teaching inspiration, I’ve been doing some targeted searching and have landed on two sites that I find to be packed with knowledge, application, and straight up quality. The first of the sites – Middle School Teacher to Literacy Coach – is chock-full of practical strategies for reading workshop. Some of my favorite posts include:
Using mentor sentences to improve grammar: This post outlines the perfect model for using mentor sentences as a means of grammar instruction. A nice alternative to students CORRECTING erroneous sentences.
Making Guided Reading Groups Work in Middle Schools: Though Kasey teaches at a school with a double period of language arts, this is still worth a read to gain better insight into materializing a guided reading group approach in your own classroom. This is a great model for homogenous reading groups.
Fluency Strategies: A basic, but decent list of five quick strategies to improve reader fluency.
Literature Study: A very practical schedule for literature study – students organized in heterogeneous groups to build age-appropriate discussion about books.
Spelling: A weeklong plan for individualized spelling assessment.
Writing Conferences: A great video and post detailing a well-run writing conference
Classroom Library Activity: A post outlining how Kasey organizes and introduces students to her classroom library.
Academic Vocabulary – Using Marzano’s Approach: I love this post because I use this approach in the classroom and it has proven incredibly helpful, especially with English Language Learners.
Word Chunking – Teaching Vocabulary: Teaching Latin word chunks as outlined by Kelly Gallagher. Worth the read.
Holding Kids Accountable through Reading Ladders: A great way for students to reflect on their reading progress. Erica includes a very detailed approach to this strategy.
Classroom Library Organization: Erica relies on Classroom Booksource a computer-based check-in, check-out system and she provides a very thorough description of her collection and organization system. She also has a book room organization post if you are looking to clean house.
Writing Workshop: Erica has several posts to help you plan writing workshop in your classroom. She has fairly extensive information on the “They Say, I Say” model.