I've talked about principles, habits, urgency, goals, and books. Now it's time to dig into the "Nuts and Bolts" of implementation of Read to Self.
Last year my class LOVED Read to Self. I launched it by the book. Exactly like "the sisters" layed out in their book. And it was AWESOME.
Even now I wonder if I can pull that off again. Because my students were so good at read to self, that it was a time in the day that took care of itself.
So, what do I need to do? Start at the beginning. Do the mini-lessons. Practice and build stamina. Model. Model. Practice. Model. Practice. Practice. Follow the "Launching the Daily Five" at the back of the book (it was a super guide last year and I think it will be key again this coming year).
I am excited to see what first graders can do next year with read to self.
In reflecting on your students' work with these strategies, what can you celebrate at this point in the year?My students were very good with reading the whole time. I loved that for them. They did not want me to stop this choice.
How might you help your students continue to build stamina within these areas?
To build stamina I need to plan for times of model (when needed) and practice. Chart the number of minutes and celebrate with them as they reach the goal.
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