“As you implement the Power Reading Tools and students accept more responsibility for becoming better readers, reading instruction in your classroom will become student-centered rather than teacher-centered. You’ll become a reading coach instead of a reading teacher. in so doing, you’ll empower your students to love reading and to grow as readers.”
When I taught reading, I usually used novels. There were two or three ability-based reading groups each reading a different book. While this was a huge improvement over a basal text, it was a great deal of work for me and did not really meet the needs of all of my students – especially in terms of individual interests and learning styles. What I needed, what I would have loved, what my students would have loved, is Laura Candler’s Power Reading Workshop. Laura’s program offers a truly differentiated and highly motivating way to teach reading. In my opinion, this is THE way to teach reading to students in grades 2-6.
The core of the program is made up of five components:
- Whole class read alouds
- Strategy mini-lessons
- Self-selected reading time
- Individual reading conferences
- Response to reading
What I love about Laura’s book is how she gives you everything you need to put this program into action. Power Reading Workshop includes an easy to follow, step-by-step guide for the first ten days of the program – including teaching instructions, recommendations for read aloud books and printable versions of everything your students will need. Once you have completed your first two weeks, you should have no problem continuing on your own, especially since Laura gives you many more tools and ideas.
Another feature in this book that I really appreciate is the “Laura’s Tips” sidebars that appear frequently throughout the book. These little tidbits are really helpful for managing the program and making everything run smoothly.
You can see twenty more enthusiastic reviews for this book right here on Amazon. But if you want to buy it, be sure to go to Laura’s site because if you buy the book there and sign up for her free weekly newsletter Candler’s Classroom Connections, you get the digital version for free!