Reader’s Workshop

One of my primary focus’ as a teacher is to encourage students to become wild readers. In ELA, we work on our reading during Reader’s Workshop- a minimum of 40 minutes a day dedicated to becoming stronger readers. As a teacher, I focus mini-lessons on specific comprehension skills (visualizing, asking questions, making connections, etc) and then have students practice this skill with their own just right book. Students record their learning in their reader’s notebook and I spend the class conferring with students, working with the one-on-one with their reading goals- reading together, discussing their thinking, and helping them achieve their reading goals.

Students, in general, do a fantastic job of self-selecting books, and when they find they’ve picked up something they’re not ready for, they’re usually quick to put it down and ask for help choosing something else. (In fact, I encourage my students to abandon books that are not right for them at that time.) As a teacher, I’ll offer recommendations and steer kids toward books that are age and individually-appropriate, however self-selecting a book is a pillar of our reading community.

As a teacher, I respect your right to help your own child choose reading material, and ask that you respect the rights of other parents/guardians to do the same. If you object to your child reading a particular book, genre, or maturity level please let me know and I’ll help your child find a just right book based on their learning needs and values.  I would also encourage you to speak to your child about what types of books they feel comfortable reading so that this becomes a part of their selection process as well.  If I can ever be of help to you in recommending titles for your family, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Grade 7 students are all unique. There are differences in interests, maturity, reading levels, learning goals, and have had different life experiences that have shaped their lives. Accordingly, they all have different needs when it comes to reading. As a teacher, I have a responsibility to meet the needs of all students and offer them literature choices that are best suited for them.   Our class library has, and will, continue to have a wide range of choices for kids – from picture books to young adult books-  to meet all of their varied needs and help them all develop an appreciation of reading.

Thank you for your involvement in your child’s education and helping to encourage reading growth and engagement.

(sections of letter adapted from Pernille Ripp,