My students appear to be staying on task very well with group activities so far this year, and I've experimented quite a bit letting them read through the text in groups or pairs with different forms of guides that have students stop and discuss at certain points in the text. I come around to monitor and include myself in the discussion when they need a little more guidance. Students are now requesting to do their reading in this way with more regularity. I would love to allow students to do this with almost every text that we read, as it appears that they are more engaged with the text than ever before, but I worry about letting go of my guidance so much. I still discuss the text before, during, and after the reading (to clarify and bring up larger issues), but at my previous school, the teachers went through every line of the text along with students in some form of popcorn reading/lecture hybrid. Even novels. I think this is great for more difficult material (for example, Shakespeare), but the students become disengaged so quickly. Still, some teachers swear by it. At my current school, they are trying to move towards more independent student reading, though assigning it for homework is still a lost cause. They just won't do it. I feel like this is a good bridge, but I worry that I may be doing some disservice to my students by not being up actively teaching so much. Being a facilitator seems like too easy of a job. Or at least easy on my vocal chords. :lol: Does anyone do their in-class reading in this way? And what's some other in-class reading strategies that you have used that were effective and gave students some variety?