July 22, 2014

Reading Workshop Kick-off

I am beyond excited to announce that a product I have been working on for over four months is finally complete.  It's not only the largest product I have ever made, but it is also one that I am most proud of and can't wait to use in my own classroom to start off the school year.

The questions I most frequently receive from blog readers, teachers that I coach, and when I'm doing educational consulting for other districts is: "How does it all fit together?  What are all of the other students doing during guided reading?  How do I make sure I'm still hitting the standards?"  These are all valid questions, and these questions sparked the idea to create a product that not only answered all of these questions but showed teachers HOW everything worked.  This product was created chalk full of resources, but beyond the resources are lesson plans and directions filled with the WHY to match the HOW.  A product that not only focuses on the performance of teaching a lesson, but also the art of teaching behind teaching these lessons and how to plan to differentiate reading instruction, take anecdotal notes, and plan lessons for whole group minilessons and guided reading in the future.  Everything I know Reading Workshop to be is laid out step-by-step into one incredible resource.

If you're interested in knowing more, hop on over to my TpT page to read the product descriptions and download the preview to see if this is something for you.





If you're interested in hearing me talk about the product and seeing what the Reader's Notebook looks like that is constructed by students throughout the kick-off, check out this Youtube clip.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this product if you're interested in starting Reading Workshop in the fall.

6 comments :

  1. What a labor of love, Kasey! I watched your video and it looks awesome! Congrats on finishing that product...I'm struggling to get aything done in TpT! and thanks for stopping by my blog, too! :-)

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    1. Hey Michelle! You could definitely call it a labor of love. It was the product the I worked on endlessly, truly not knowing if it would ever be completed, haha!

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  2. What a great resource. My principal is really talking up the idea of reader's workshop and the idea is daunting. You just made it so much more accessible and something I think I can actually do with my classes. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    ~Amanda from His and Her Hobbies

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    1. Hi Amanda! It makes me so happy to know that something I create can help others to not be afraid to try something new. I may be biased, but I think you will LOVE Reading Workshop and really see positive results in your students by implementing it into your classroom. :)

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  3. Thank you for your product! I started Reading Workshop with just 2 of my "best" periods. One question I have is how do you handle new students? I had two new students join our classroom and I don't know if I should start a new book with just the two of them or add them to a group that has started a book? What would you suggest?

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    1. Hi Denielle! That is a great strategy to try it out with your top classes first until you feel comfortable! I wish more teachers transitioning into this would take that approach! New students are always tricky. I just got a new student as well, and I added him into the group that was at his reading level. Since we had started a book, I encouraged him to catch up, but I didn't require him to and more or less just had him be part of the group and conversation until we started a new book. It wasn't perfect, but it seemed to work out okay. :)

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