can’t believe I am over here at Minds in Bloom, guest blogging for Rachel. I have to admit, this is pretty darn
exciting! I’m so thankful for Rachel for this opportunity and I hope you’ll
learn some great tips to take to your classroom!
the workshop model in your classroom, across the curriculum. For many teachers, I think it’s safe to say that their writing instruction follows this format (maybe you don’t even know it!). It’s a great teaching structure and once you’ve used workshop for one subject, you’ll
want to use it for everything – and it works!
Farina and Lucy Calkins as a way to teach writing but is now used for every
subject in many districts. I love this
article that has a little information about workshop. Workshop is a teaching
structure that pushes students to be creative and responsible in their own
learning. The Workshop Model asks
students to take charge of their own learning, becoming active and engaged in
their work and development of understanding.
Using workshop allows teachers to be actively engaged with students
individually or with small groups, facilitating and assisting in that
understanding, while also providing individualized support. Students who are engaged in the workshop
model are actively learning the material and concepts they need to master
throughout the year.
everything! And, yes, my students work
for 60 minutes independently- no joke! (It took us a while to get here!) We’ll talk about this in a little bit though.
minutes of work time- any excellent teacher knows that (I know you are all fabulous!). You would
gradually release responsibility to your students based on their needs and
abilities. This means more time and
guidance with you for your lower babies and more independent work time/less time with you with
your above average ones. I love this
graphic by Amanda Nickerson that shows what this gradual release might look
Another article about Reader’s Workshop.
This teacher’s site has links to websites that have some great examples for mini lessons for Reader’s Workshop.
Busy Teachers Cafe (Same as the site above) with some resources for Writer’s Workshop!
Scholastic article about Math Workshop
I have been teaching 2nd grade for 2 years and love creating authentic learning experiences for my students. I am also a avid music lover – I sang in m school chorus, played flute in our symphonic band and baritone saxophone in our jazz ensemble, I don’t know what I’d do without music in my life and try to incorporate that love into my classroom as well. I also love getting outside and taking my dog for a hike or going to see the latest movie at the theater. Check out my blog over at Primary Teacherhood and my TPT store, where I share a store with my fiancee (a 5th grade teacher), over at TeachNC for more ideas.
Image Source at Top: Little Red’s Schoolhouse