Lucy Calkins reading and writing

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  1. teacherguy111

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    Our district has adopted these units this school year. While there is some that I like, for example choice reading and the read aloud, it seems very overwhelming and too difficult fro my students to grasp. The teaching points are way over my kids heads. I don't have enough time to do reading workshop , writing workshop and social studies as I am departmentalized. The lessons don't seem to really correlate with standards. They do teach what good readers do but they are skills that many adults don't even know how to do, let alone a very low group of 4th graders.

    What has been your experience?
     
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    I’ve been a workshop teacher for twenty years. I love it. Our kids are incredibly engaged in reading and develop into writers who are skilled in a variety of genres while bringing out their own ‘voice’. I have no issues with correlating to state standards.
     
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    I also love the workshop model. Do you use the curriculum as prescribed in the units?
     
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    We follow the model and use some of the units as guidelines
     
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    So how do you choose your teaching points? Based on what your kids need? Also, during reading, are you mostly conferring or working with regularly scheduled groups, like guided reading groups?
     
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    I confer one on one. My teaching point decisions vary by unit.
     
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    That’s what I wish we were able to do in my district. We use the Lucy units as a guide, but our admin expects more small group instruction and less conferring. After doing so much of my own research on conferring, I can see the power in it, but I just keep getting pushback from our admin and literacy coach about how important our guided reading groups and book clubs groups are. So conferring gets moved to the back burner.
     
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    There's lots I love about it. Tiger rising is really strong in regards to character. We are only just implementing so we have different levels of buy in. I am probably the one with the most buy in but I still feel I have to adjust. This first unit I am just doing conferencing, no small groups yet.
     
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    If your kids are grouped by needs, you can set up as reading strategy groups and confer that way. Try this: https://therigorousowl.com/reading-strategy-groups/
     
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