Jun 5, 2009
On 5/01/09, dlynn wrote:
> I've been teaching for 10 years, and our school uses Fountas and
> Pinnell extensively. In fact, my classroom is one of the mentor
> classrooms for other teachers to observe. I have to say that my
> 2nd grade students never crawl around on the floor or act like
> monkeys during Guided Reading, Stations, or Independent Reading.
> In fact, they are capable of sitting for 45 minutes of
> Independent Reading time while I pull several groups. They
> participate in book discussion groups that require higher level
> critical thinking skills. It takes a lot of modeling in the
> beginning and having very clear expectations! My students
> the year on level and loving books! Hang in there and
> to figure it out
KUDOS dlynn!! Life is not about worksheets or even sitting for
blocks of time working independently. Ask any business what they
want in employees and they will say people who can communicate
effectively and be a team player. Reading a story out of a basal
and completing numerous worksheets will not prepare our students
for the real world.
Picture a group of teachers at a workshop. How many of us like to
work independently and complete mundane assignments?
Literacy stations encourage students to take responsiblity for
their own learning. We (teachers) should not consider ourselves as
the sole provider of info. within a classroom. That is an ancient
belief and a major hurdle we are facing in education.