Well today was a huge day! I spent the day listening to Irene Fountas share her thinking around her new book, Genre Study.
After a whirlwind eight hours of high energy learning…here are my TOP 10 things I’m thinking about tonight…
1. Students have to be motivated to read in order to be
3. We need to give students time to read independently. Studies show the best way to become a better
reader is to spend time reading. We, as
teachers, do not always need to be in front of the class talking for our
students to be learning.
struggling through a text, don’t make them struggle through it. It’s okay to take over the text and read it
5. Students need to feel a sense of community. They want to feel like a part of a
group. If a student is sitting in a
guided reading group and the text is too difficult, that student will feel
nervous, frustrated, and unable to participate.
He/she will not feel a part of the community.
them develop their own thinking and learning.
They own their learning and retain information on a much deeper level
when they have a part in each lesson. It
is much more powerful to include students’ thinking in a mini lesson rather
than just telling them what they should know.
7. Close reading is when readers analyze a section of text
by reading it more than one time and talking about their understanding each
time with other readers. Looking at a
text more than one time gives readers the opportunity to think differenly and
gain new understandings each time the text is read.
genre before we begin teaching in a unit of study.
We can learn as we go right along with our students! When we provide oppportunities for our
students to share their thinking during mini lessons, they will often share
thinking that we may not have thought of on our own. We will learn from them!