Reading Workshop... help!

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  1. puff5655

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    Aug 23, 2011

    I ran a successful workshop with a smaller class of first graders before, but this time it's Kinders and there are 17 of them.. please help me plan this out!

    17 kids..

    6 are a "high" group- know all the alphabet and sounds

    7 are my "mid" kids

    4 are my very low kids (all active boys with no interest in reading)

    My reading workshop time is 10:15-11:15.

    I have one aide the whole time who mainly works 1:1 with a sped student (who is actually in my high group- a repeater) but can monitor kids as well.

    I have another aide just until 10:30, and another who comes in at 11 (so complicated!)

    I want to be able to use the aides to work with kids. An hour is only enough time for 3 rotations but I will have at least 4 groups of kids.

    Ideas on how this can work?
     
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  3. mopar

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    Can you have the 1:1 assistant work with the high group some days?

    Maybe have your low group work with the two different assistants during a day or two a week.
     
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    Count your self lucky to have any help. I have no help and my reading block is ninety minutes!
     
  5. Tasha

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    Well, my first thought is to go with 15 minute rotations instead.

    Otherwise I would alternate your top 2 groups with an aide:

    High group reads with you T/Th and the para M/W/F
    Medium group is with you M/W/F and the para T/Th
    Low group with you every day

    Also, I would start the block with the low group since that group probably needs the most attention while your para reads with the other groups so that a para is available to monitor your lowest group at stations while you read with everyone else.
     
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    Aug 25, 2011

    thanks.. this all helps. this weekend i'll sit down and really plan it out.

    i'm just feeling a little overwhelmed. i've always had around 10-13 kids in my classes, and have only taught K half-day.

    i'm just not sure if my expectations are too high for this point in the year. my schedule looks like this: (time is in minutes)

    15 Sign in, puzzles and books
    30 Writing
    45 Reading
    15 Recess
    60 Reading workshop
    30 Math

    30 Lunch

    45 Rest and quiet activities
    30 Special (math centers, art or gym)
    30 Yup'ik (second language class)
    50 Play centers
    10 Get ready for home

    Is the morning just too much? By the time we get to math they are pretty nutty. I don't want them to be stressed out, because then I get stressed out, and we're both unhappy. I want this to be a fun year.
     

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