In my district, we were fortunate to have a full time Reading Coach that helped K-5 teachers fully implement Reading Workshop this past year. Part of her job was to hold Teacher Labs for K-5 teachers. Teacher Labs allowed groups of teachers to enter another teacher's classroom to observe Reading Workshop. There were 1-2 hosts in each grade level and around 8-10 teachers who would watch the host teacher in each lab group. We were able to observe our host 3 times during last year. It was so successful, we are doing it again this coming school year. I can't wait! It is always fun and refreshing to go into another teacher's classroom to learn new things and to confirm that you ARE doing the right thing in your own classroom! : ) Attached to the lab was also some reading assignments from books like Growing Readers and The Book Whisperer. We would meet to discuss our reading assignment, discuss what we were about to observe, participate in the observation, break for lunch (together at a nice sit-down restaurant...how often do teachers get to do that???), come back and discuss what we observed and made plans for the next lab date.
During one of our lab days, I discovered these AWESOME reading notebooks. Our coach had one and showed us how to make them. They are on my summer to-do list to make for my new students this coming year. The first grade classroom that used them had poems (trimmed to fit) glued in the pages. They used the notebook at the beginning of independent reading as a "warm-up." The ribbon made for a great book mark. I suppose older grades could use them for a reading response journal.
|You will need a composition notebook, fun ribbon, a hot glue gun and some sort of name label for the cover.|
|Hot glue the ribbon (about 2 inches) to the inside back cover near the spine. If your ribbon is one sided, glue the pretty side down.|
|Bring the ribbon up and over the pages like a book mark.|
|Add the name label (I used a piece of scrapbook paper and a flare pen).|
What do you use for reading notebooks?