Thursday, September 15, 2011

Student Initiated Groups

I read the most fabulous book on assessment in the reading workshop last weekend called, Day to Day Assessment in the Reading Workshop: Making Informed Instructional Decisions in Grades 3-6
  by Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak.
One section caught my eye right away: Student Initiated Groups. Basically students get to sign up for workshops on skills they want to work on. Some examples are: sticking with books, reading different genres, learn better strategies for choosing good books, chapter book series, reading aloud more fluently, etc...

So I created sign up sheets for these. The picture in the book just shows these glued to a poster board, and the kiddos just sign their name in the white areas. After everyone has signed up, you post a large desk calendar listing the dates for each group meeting.

I haven't done this yet, but plan on doing it in two weeks. (Pictures to come) I just wanted to share the idea, the book, and the sign up sheets.

Click Here to download the workshop sign up sheets.


Kelley said...

This is awesome! Does the book have ideas on activities to use during the workshop that are different than what we may do in our groups?

Amanda K. said...

Yes some. It's just a great overall book to read. I have TONS of pages bookmarked!

Rebecca said...

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Amanda said...

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Chrissy said...

Guess what??!! I also nominated you! :-)

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Me too!!

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IamNan said...

I really like reading your blog and seeing all of the things you do in your classroom. That is why I am giving you the Versitle Blogger Award.

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Julie said...

I gave you the award a well!! You go Ms. Meanderings!! Stop by and grab it up!!

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Patti White said...

I love this idea and am going to see if I can get this book at Barnes and Nobles. I just joined your blog and as a fellow 3rd grade teacher,
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Thanks for sharing!

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Teacher said...

Thank you for info
keep sharing