Welcome back! I hope your summer was as nice as Nelson’s. Here he is getting ready for the beach:
I’m looking forward to a great year! We’ll learn a lot about each other over the course of the year – as readers, as writers, and as people. Here’s a quick overview of what you can look forward to this year…
What is a “workshop” classroom?
In a nutshell, a workshop classroom is an individualized approach to teaching and learning. While there are still daily whole-class lessons, much of the instruction is delivered in individual conferences and small groups. You will spend most of the time in class doing the actual work of literacy – reading, writing, talking, and studying language. You will have to make many decisions for yourself in a workshop class. Within each unit, you are given individual responsibility over choosing your reading books and making writing decisions. This makes for a rigorous classroom where you will truly have an active role in your own education.
It is important for you to know that the most important thing you can bring to class is not a reading level or test score; it is a willingness to work and learn. There are no passengers in a workshop classroom!
Being prepared for class:
You need to bring your literacy notebook and your independent reading book with you every day. Here’s what I’m reading right now:
During the first reading unit, we’ll talk a lot about individual goals and how your own personality, interests, and strengths as a reader will factor into the work you do. However, I also have some goals for the entire class that will guide our reading work this year. Here they are: