Are your students RUNNING to your reading groups every day? The secret lies in FUN….yes, FUN! Kids are all about FUN! When they are with me in small group instruction, they NEVER know what they’re going to get….kind of like a box of chocolates! They don’t know if we’ll be doing the picture walk UNDER the table or if we’ll start at the back of the book instead of the front! They don’t know if we’ll begin the session by reading sight phrases or making words with magnetic letters. They don’t know if they will be up at the board writing words ‘fast’ or if we will search the index for interesting topics. They never, ever know….because I never allow lessons to become routine or predictable. This keeps learners ‘on their toes’ and ENGAGED with me, each and every time. They simply don’t have time to blink, yawn, cough, go to the bathroom (too often!), or anything else!! They remain consistently ENGAGED in the process of learning to read….and that’s that!
September 26, 2010