JIVEY and her Workshop Wednesday party starts to happen! It's a two for one party special! :)
FIRST A WIN! If you read my post yesterday you might be a bit tired of me talking about my son and his swim team buddies! They broke 2 local relay records and we are so proud! It's a double win for me because I took that opportunity to introduce him to blogging since he will be in my class next year. (yikes!)
He posted about it here using KIDBLOG, and I left this post open for encouraging comments from an authentic writing community! It is open to all bloggers and non-bloggers, but I will need to approve all comments, so your comments may not load immediately. Feel free to click over and model how real writers support each other! A big SHOUT OUT to all the readers that have already commented! You guys are so supportive and wonderful, and now my son feels your support too!
NEXT A LOSS! Rain, rain, go away! Other than practice, we've had very little time to enjoy the pool this summer. You would think that staying away from the pool would have helped me get lots done on my to-do list, but so far that hasn't been the case. Where has the time gone?
NOW FOR A "PRICELESS" COST: I could go on and on about the things I couldn't live without during our workshop time! I'll make a list and try to keep it short. :)
- STRUCTURE ~ In my opinion you can not run an effective workshop without a solid structure. A workshop model in itself, requires a lot of freedom, movement, and trust. Because of this, students must understand that the behavior and participation lines are drawn firmly. I'm embarrassed to admit that I use something called "Workbook World" if a child is not on task during our workshop. I can honestly say that after 2 years of our workshop model, I have only used Workbook World twice. Each time I pulled a student from a station for being off task. He worked alone with a basal and a workbook for the rest of that day. This firm example spoke volumes to the rest of the class, and a friendly reminder was all I needed after those incidents. ;) STAND FRIENDLY BUT FIRMLY with your policies, and they will follow if engaged! :)
- ENGAGEMENT ~ I also can't say enough about engagement. Workshops simply won't work if students aren't engaged. Make sure your stations are engaging, or many problems will follow.
- POCKET CHARTS ~ As you see above, I use pocket charts and rotation cards to manage our time together. I meet with each child during a small group meeting each day. A more detailed explanation of the pocket chart can be found here.
- WELL ORGANIZED NOTEBOOKS ~ Students need to know what to do and where to do it when they are in stations, so that they don't need to interrupt small group meetings. Well organized notebooks help us with this. You can read about our notebooks here and here.
Our Literacy Workshop is the heart of our classroom. If you would like to read more about our Workshop, you may click here and here.
Have you heard about the Blogger Meet-Up in Atlanta? Click below for more information. :)
Don't forget to click over and visit the other two parties that are going on right now!
And we can't forget the wonderful Workshop Wednesday being hosted at Ideas by Jivey. Today's focus is Workshop Tools.
Thanks for reading!