Every morning your students work wonderfully during our guided reading time. This process has evolved over the last few months. In the beginning of the year, I met with just one small group per day, while others simply read their "just-right" books. As the students matured within my classroom expectations, I began to see two small groups at a time, giving the rest of the class a few options of what they wanted to work independently on. Once I saw great enough student indpendence in this process, I moved to a more specific and structured rotation routine that we have been doing for over five weeks now. I now see three out of the four small reading groups per day, meeting with each group a total of three times per week. The four stations consist of (1) writing & illustrating, (2) word work on the Smartboard, (3) independent reading with a "just-right" book, and (4) reading leveled stories with Mr. Kaegi.
Recently we have added 6 iPads into our routine as well. After the winter break, I would like to have an iPad station for two of the days (M&W), and a guided writing station for the other two days (T&Th). That's where the parents come in! If any of you are interested in facilitating a writing station from about 8:30-9:15 once a week, please email me. The students are now ready for another challenge!