Lucy Calkins writes in Art of Teaching Reading, “In September, the challenge is not deciding what to teach, but deciding what not to teach. The art of teaching reading is always about selection, but is never more true than at the start of the year.” (2000, 342).
This time of year is magical in the reading workshop. Reading workshop routines have been practiced and are established. We have had opportunities to get to know our readers through conferring, assessments, and informal conversations. Students are engaged and understand expectations during those precious minutes of daily independent reading. Students are having honest and open conversations about their reading lives and getting to really know one another as readers. Our classroom libraries value the diverse readers in our classrooms. We strongly believe that if we want students to view themselves as readers and writers, we must slow down and be intentional with our decisions. (more…)