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Old 09-04-2006, 06:19 AM
 
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Hello everyone! I'm in my third year of teaching, and every year I try to implement reading workshop a little bit more deeply. I'm a professional book fiend and draw from lots of books to help me plan my reading workshop:

Reading With Meaning
Growing Readers
On Solid Ground
The Daily Five

What I find stressful is fitting everything in. I have an 80 minute block for reading (but this has to include entry and morning meeting as well) followed by a 40 minute block for writing. Every minute of my day seems to be full! How do you fit everything in? I don't have time for Work Activity Time this year, even though I think that it's so important. Would anyone like to share their schedules? I'd love to see how you set up your reading block, in particular.

This is what my day looks like:

80 minutes entry/reading workshop
40 minutes writing workshop
30 minutes snack and recess
80 minutes math
60 minutes lunch and recess
40 minutes special classes (gym, health, dance, drama)
15 minutes community circle
35 minutes science/social studies/art
10 minutes clean-up and closing

My reading block will probably look something like this:
10 minutes entry and independent reading
20 minutes morning meeting and reading mini-lesson
40 minutes work time
10 minutes sharing


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10 minutes entry and independent reading
20 minutes morning meeting and reading mini-lesson
40 minutes work time
10 minutes sharing
Can you explain more....

What does the 40 minutes of work time include?

How long is your actual mini-lesson and morning meeting?

When do you fit in read aloud?

How do you do your RW sharing time?

I'm also wondering: Would you be able to steal a couple minutes here and there from other subjects? When do you do word study?

My schedule this year will be something like:

8:45-9:00 Arrival/ Books

9:00 Meeting/Pledge/ Message and schedule

9:10 Writerís Workshop

9: 50 Shared write or read

10:00 Readerís Workshop (Individual reading, minilesson, partner reading)

10:40 Recess/snack/bathroom/ novel read aloud

11:10 Sight words/phonics/ handwriting
11:50 Special

12:40 Lunch
1:30 Math
2:20 Storytime
2:30 Social Studies/Science
3:00 FYOE Reading or Writing
3:15 pack up
3:25 Community building game/ song
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I have to admit that I don't know the answers to your questions!

I don't seem to have enough instructional minutes per day (only 300 minutes, including 40 minutes taught by specialist teachers). I will be stealing 20 minutes at the end of my math block for literacy activities that won't fit into my reading and writing workshops (weekly library book exchange, weekly spelling test, word study on the other 3 days).

I've always done a read aloud right after lunch, but I want to try community circle this year (class problem-solving meetings) and I don't know where else to fit it in. I'm going to try to fit read alouds into my other blocks whenever possible (math, science, social studies). I also usually steal a few minutes at the end of the day to stretch out my closing time to 20 minutes and do a read aloud after kids have tidied up.

My morning meeting/mini-lesson time will probably be about 5-10 minutes for greeting and a quick share time followed by a reading mini-lesson (about 10-15 minutes). As for work time during reading workshop, I'm thinking of taking some ideas from The Daily Five. We will have 2 20-minute work blocks during which each child will choose to read to themselves, read to a partner, listen to reading, work with words or respond to reading. I will be running guided reading groups and holding individual conferences during this time.

I just wish that I had more time in the day. Just 40 minutes more would be enough for me to do everything that I want to do.
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I'm wondering if you could cut down your sharing time to 5 minutes -- just enough for you to make an explicit teaching point by pionting out something that one or two kids did and cut down your morning meeting/ mini-lesson by 5 minutes. That could give you ten more minutes to use toward a read aloud time.

If you have a word work time in there and you also can squeeze a little more directed word work into your morning message, then the way I see it, the only really important component you're missing is Read Aloud accountable talk. Without that modeling of how you think about and talk about books, your other components won't be as strong. (I know you know that, looking at the books you use!!) If you could fit this interactive read aloud in, and also read aloud for enjoyment during math or science or social studies, then that would give you an automatic two read alouds a day-- 3 if you read at the end of the day.

What do your kids do during snack? That's when I fit my novel read aloud.
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Thanks for the dialogue!

I know that an interactive read aloud is really important. But I also think that incorporating class meetings to solve problems is really important. I'm kind of stuck!

Yes, cutting sharing down to 5 minutes would be doable for reading, but not for writing. I really like to have time for a few kids to share during writing.

Hmmmm...maybe I could extend my end-of-the-day time to 30 minutes, giving me enough time for an interactive read aloud at the end of the day. Not ideal, but it might work.

Recess and snack are not instructional minutes. 2 days a week I have supervision duty for my wing and the other days there are other teachers supervising.


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I like your idea of extending that end of the day one.

Good luck with it... it's always such a struggle for me too!!
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Old 09-05-2006, 06:21 PM
 
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My schedule is as follows:
Morning Meeting (calendar, poems, sharing, exercise--school wide! 25 min
Word Work (phonics, spelling pattern, handwriting--decoding) 20 min
Shared Reading (Basal, etc.) 15 min
Guided Reading Groups 60 min
Spanish, Language (30 min)
Lunch 30 min
Read aloud (10 min)
Math 50 min
Special Classes 45 min
Writing Workshop (30 min)
Recess (20 min)
Reading Workshop (Literacy stations) 60 min
Snack/Pack up (20 min)

Our school day is 7 hours for students. This schedule is working well (so far). We'll really see next week when we begin our reading (basal, spelling, etc). Our school does 30 minutes of GUIDED movement (teacher directed). In the AM we all are doing various exercises via the intercom. So far, I am slipping outside for the other 20 minutes--I feel recess is a valuable time to develop social skills, etc. However, we HEAR that that may change to only teacher directed movement--how sad!

I, too, am using Reading With Meaning, Lucy Caulkins Writing, and Growing Readers. I would be very interested in hearing about the mini lessons/standards that other first grade teachers are using now that everyone is in school. For example, MY writing mini-lessons this week are choosing a topic and adding details. MY mini-lessons for guided reading are connections, using the cover of a book to predict, using pictures to help with decoding sentences.
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I'm on the same track as you. I've read so many books and it's hard to fit it all in! I love The Daily Five, but I can't do all of it.
This is what I am thinking for our schedule:
8:45-9:00 Annoucements, for your own enjoyment reading-any books in class
9-9:30 Morning Meeting, go over schedule, calendar math, shared reading
9:30-9:45 Handwriting (mini-lesson and work time)
9:45-11:15 Daily 3 (Read to Self, Read to Someone, Word Work
I can only fit about 25 minute work times with 5-10 minute minilessons.
11:15-12:00 lunch and recess
12-12:15 Read Aloud plus short movement activity
12:15-1:00 Writing Workshop (mini-lesson, work time, share-2 students a day-I just pick students who are doing what I taught in mini-lesson or another important teaching point. I mark their names off a list so everyone gets a chance during a cycle.)
1:00-1:10 snack and read aloud
1:10-1:45 Math
1:45-2:15 Choice Time/Special Projects
Specials Classes
Pack Up and End of Day

I wish I had more time in the AM for longer work times for the Daily 3, but I need to fit in handwriting. I've been really happy with my program.
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Old 09-19-2006, 05:20 PM
 
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It is kind of late to jump in- but one thought is to teach everything 4 times a week. I started this last year and it works great for me. This allows longer blocks of time and less transitions in the long run. The only program I have to complete is Every Day Math and teaching it 4 times a week I still have time make it throught the program so this is what I do...(wish I knew how to attach files becuase I have it in excel on my computer...)

4 x per week math 1 hour

4 x per week readers workshop aprox 55 min (10 min focus lesson, 35 min of reading, 5 min partner talk, 5 minute wrap up)

4 x per week writers workshop aprox 55 min.- same format as above

3 x per week science aprox 1 hour

(this makes up my 15 blocks that are about an hour each. I teach 3 of these blocks each day.)

also daily
Morning meeting- 5-10 minutes
Interactive read aloud- 35minutes (on fridays we switch books for our indpendent reading basket instead of interactive read aloud)
Related arts/Lunch/Recess (1.5 hours)
Word work 15 minutes
Snack 10 minutes


Sample: Monday
8:40-9:10 Morning Work (math message, math routine, math box, morning job, lunch tickets, turn in folders...)
9:10-9:20 Morning Meeting
9:20-10:10 Math
10:10-10:20 Snack
10:20-10:55 Interactive Read Aloud
11:00-12:30 Related Art/Lunch/Recess
12:30-1:30 Readers Workshop
1:30-1:45 Word Work
1:45-2:45 Writign
2:45-3:00 Pick Up, Pack Up, read part of a chapter book

Tuesday- Same as Monday

Wednesday
8:40-9:10 Morning Work
9:10-9:20 Morning Meeting
9:20-10:10 Writing
10:10-10:20 Snack
10:20-10:55 Interactive Read Aloud
11:00-12:30 Related Art/Lunch/Recess
12:30-1:30 Readers Workshop
1:30-1:45 Word Work
1:45-2:45 Science
2:45-3:00 Pick Up, Pack Up, read part of a chapter book

Thursday
8:40-9:10 Morning Work
9:10-9:20 Morning Meeting
9:20-10:10 Math
10:10-10:20 Snack
10:20-10:55 Interactive Read Aloud
11:00-12:30 Related Art/Lunch/Recess
12:30-1:30 Readers Workshop
1:30-1:45 Word Work
1:45-2:45 Science
2:45-3:00 Pick Up, Pack Up, read part of a chapter book

Friday
8:40-9:10 Morning Work
9:10-9:20 Morning Meeting
9:20-10:10 Math
10:10-10:20 Snack
10:20-10:55 Switch Books in reading basket
11:00-12:30 Related Art/Lunch/Recess
12:30-1:30 Writing
1:30-1:45 Word Work
1:45-2:45 Science
2:45-3:00 Community Sing
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Old 09-22-2006, 04:07 PM
 
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That looks so confusing and now I have the power to attach which I did not before. Here is my day in an excel spread sheet. I print this and photo copy it to make my plannter


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Thank you so much for the responses! I haven't checked this board for a while because I've been too exhausted running myself ragged.

Anyway, tonight I got in a new order from Amazon. Wow. I've just read Regie Routman's Reading Essentials, and it was a real eye-opener! I've decided to make some serious changes to my schedule, including shortening my math block to 60 minutes (I hope that flies with admin!). Here's my new schedule:

8:00-8:15 entry
8:15-8:40 shared read aloud
8:40-9:20 guided reading (other kids are reading alone, reading with a partner, listening to reading, book shopping, responding to reading or doing word work)
9:20-10:00 writing workshop
10:00-10:30 recess and snack
10:30-11:30 math
11:30-11:50 independent reading
11:50-12:50 lunch
12:50-1:30 specials (health, PE, dance)
1:30-1:45 community circle
1:45-2:15 science/social studies/art
2:15-2:30 clean-up, songs, read aloud

So what do you think? I feel so bad for my kidlets, changing things on them yet again. Do you think that children are adaptable enough to change routines so early in the year? I know how important modeling is, but I'm on such a learning curve myself. This is my third year of teaching, but my first year at this grade level and I just have so much to figure out about what does and does not work.

Re: the independent reading time (right before lunch), do you think that it's ok to have ind. reading that isn't preceded by a read aloud? I've never done it that way! Also, how important do you think reading logs are? I know that Routman says that they're essential, but I teach second language learners who are reading well, but are certainly not ready to read chapter books. Many of them read a half dozen books in 20 minutes. If they record them all, they will spend more time writing that reading. Thoughts?
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looks good!
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I think your schedule looks excellent! Also, I definately don't think you need a read aloud before independent reading. The important thing is that you ARE reading aloud, and that you DO have time for independent reading, and you are and you do!

I agree on the reading logs. I've read Routman, but it's not feasible for first graders of any status, in my opinion. Possibly in about March, I may start a log, because I want it to spill over into the summer. I also do a homework reading log, and I am collecting them at the end of the week (b/c mine are just single pages with Mon-Thurs on each) so that I can hand them back to the kids at the end of the year and they'll be able to look back on what they've read.
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Reading Workshop?
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I purchased some books yesterday, one of which is entitled Mosaic of Thought. I see you guys are talking about Reading Workshop. Is this practice the same one in my new book? (Forgive me if I'm not supposed to be posting here in this room. How is this thread different from the regular ones? As you can tell...I'm new to membership on this board.)
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