Over the past two weeks, I have read Igniting Their Passion and am now reading The Book Whisperer. Couple this with the nagging fact that a larger than normal number of my students didn't do well on state tests and now I am considering how I teach reading. Typically, we use a whole-class novel approach in our district. We design the spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and writing programs/instruction as well. I'm starting to think I should do something more along the lines of reading workshop as described in these books, but am not sure. I am not talking about grouping kids and having them read the same book in their groups. Instead, they talk about having them do a large amount of independent reading throughout the school week and use comprehension strategy instruction in-between. Does anyone use reading workshop? Should I jump in and not look back? Any help and advice would be appreciated.