I spoke to our reading specialist today and she said the biggest thing is getting our students reading and writing, reading and writing. I told her I was stressed searching TPT and all these other sites and trying to come up with "centers and stations" and she said for our students all that isn't necessary and not what we do. I casually mentioned The Daily 5 and she said we do more like that but I don't think anything is concrete. Just reading. To themselves, someone,etc. The teacher before me apparently read research from some education "gurus" that said all students need to be doing during readers/writers workshop is silent reading and that's what she did. She was in small groups and they were around the room silently reading and it worked. Of all classes her two had the highest ELA scores in the grade level. Now to me that seems like kids will get bored and be off task. I'm still wrapping my brain around the "Okay so I'm at the kidney table with 4-5 and what are the rest suppose to be doing so they're not off task, annoying each other, annoying me and my small groups" and so on. How do I introduce the "while we're rotating guiding reading groups I need you guys to be reading and writing" ???:help: I know everyone says to read the guru books but honestly I struggle reading how to/do this of books because they make me crazy wanting to make it all perfect. The only teacher book I've been able to read is Harry Wong's First Days of School. Maybe it's how they wrote it but it was easy to follow and it didn't feel pressuring. It was more suggestions on what to do. Most guru type of books feel like this is what you need to be doing because if you're not then you're not doing things right and honestly most are boring and dry I skim and those CAFE and Daily 5 books don't seem like skim materials and stuff you can cafeteria it and pick and choose what you want to order and eat. Any online versions? Or blogs that help?