In our class, I teach reading using a workshop model. Each day, students gather on the carpet as I teach a mini-lesson about a specific reading strategy. The mini-lesson may include a read-aloud, modeling, or student examples. We often use graphic organizers to record our thinking when reading, which I will also model during the mini-lesson.
Then, students are sent off to read on their own. They are expected to utilize the strategy introduced during the mini-lesson. Students are reading books on their individual reading level for approximately 30 minutes a day.
While they are reading, I hold individual conferences, small-group strategy lessons, or individual reading assessments.