November 8, 2016

Reading Alone, Reading Aloud, and Conference Prep

Today was the first day when students did free reading at the beginning of class.  It is so relaxing to watch them read, and the amazing thing is that simply by sitting back and watching them read I am actually doing the best teaching of the day.  As they read, they are figuring out so much about the  language – spelling, vocabulary, grammar, syntax, and more.  They are each growing in their own way as I sit back and assess their observable reading engagement.  What a treat to see them finish book after book!  (They are really short at this point so each kid is reading a few per nine-minute FVR session.)

After that, we read aloud from a children’s book and then went to the library to prepare our portfolios for tomorrow’s conferences.

French One – Le Monde à l’envers
Spanish One – La Cabra Hambrienta
Part One
Part Two

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About Lanny Ball

For more than 23 years, Lanny has taught, coached, presented, staff developed, and consulted within the exciting and enigmatic world of literacy. With unyielding passion and belief in the possibility of workshop teaching, Lanny has worked to support students, teachers, and school administrators around the country in outgrowing themselves as both writers and readers. Working first as a classroom teacher, then as a coach and TCRWP Staff Developer, Lanny is now a literacy and reading consultant in Northwestern Connecticut. Outside of literacy, he enjoys raising his three ambitious young daughters with his wife, and playing the piano. Find him on this blog, as well as on Twitter @LannyBall. Lanny is also a co-author of a blog dedicated to supporting teachers and coaches that maintain classroom writing workshops,

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