Alexis has really pushed my thinking about things I thought I already knew how to do. Some of those things I will share here on this blog and others I will share on my personal blog after I have had a chance to do the activities with you (Chets Creek Elementary School teachers) in person!
One interesting thing about these sessions with Alexis each day is that we took the role of students in a Readers' Workshop. Do you know how hard that is to do? Let me tell you, as she goes conferring around the room your heartbeat starts going a little faster thinking, "Is she going to ask me a question? Aaaccckkk! What if I don't know the answer?" You may be laughing but really it made me think about how students feel when they know they are going to be talking with a teacher about something they are not sure about. So I guess what that taught me is I have confidence in my reading, but I don't have confidence that I am thinking deeply enough about my reading. So what do I need to work on?
The first important thing to do with an interactive read aloud is to choose a book carefully that aligns to the unit of study you are working on and the teaching points in that unit. When Alexis modeled the interactive read aloud during our "Readers' Workshop" she had prepared the book ahead of time with sticky notes all through it to remind herself as a teacher the times she wanted to stop and model or help the readers draw meaning from envisioning, inferring and synthesizing. You are to give kids
|Interactive Read Aloud|
I loved hearing more about interactive read alouds. I know that from now on I will prepare my teaching points more carefully and not be afraid to cover the book in sticky notes! Even though I was comprehending the book just fine as a student the turn and talk points made me think deeper about the characters and text. An essential as we prepare to ramp our kids up faster!
Cross posted on LIVE from the Creek