On Saturday, December 3, 2016 I facilitated a collaborative workshop at the North Carolina English Teachers Conference to develop ideas to support the instructional changes of this blog. We examined how to support students, teachers and school/community stakeholders to provide more authentic independent reading choices for students. A group of K -12 educators, representing public, charter and private schools brainstormed these ideas. After examining potential opportunities and obstacles each group might face when giving students reign over independent reading, we developed strategies to support each group.
My best take away: At the end of this year my first graders will make presentations for their future teachers in our school (2nd – 4th) to share what they’ve learned about independent reading. The best way we can empower instructional change in through empowering students to take ownership over that change.