Major Changes Coming to a Reading Class Near You...

Hi all!  One of my goals for the New Year was to be a better blogger.  Well, I'm not off to a great start.  I seem to have injured my shoulder somehow and using a computer aggravates it to the point of severe pain.  I start physical therapy next week and am under strict orders not to use a computer.  Oops.  I just HAVE to share what has been going on in my classroom because I am beyond excited and can't contain myself.  So keep reading and don't tell my doctor!

It all started with some light reading over Christmas break...


All four inspired me to make major changes in my ELA classes.  I'll get into the specifics in a later post, but here is one way that my classroom has changed.

We start every class with Silent Reading time.  Everyone quiet, reading and sitting in their chairs.  It worked well and the students did enjoy their reading, but I felt that it needed something more to really inspire my students.

I didn't want them to just read.  I wanted them to connect with each other over books.  I wanted them to share their reading.  I wanted to give them freedom to express themselves through their reading.  

However, this meant letting go of some control and structure in my room.  That was my biggest fear.  If I let them just do what they want during this time and not require it to be silent, then for sure my classroom is going to turn into full-on chaos, right?  I knew it.  

Boy, was I wrong!  Here are the photos to prove it.

These two are reading at their seats...

These boys are working together to write a play based on a book they both read (and there are students silently reading in the background)...

These girls are creating a Power Point on a book they both read (the girls across from them are writing on our classroom blog)...

Silently reading in the corner...

 These two were out in the hallway discussing and taking notes on their book...

And this student signed up to meet with me to chat about the book she was currently reading...

Every.  Single.  Student was working.  They were all doing something different, but they were all involved in their reading in some way.  Additionally, they were collaborating and they were working quietly.  No sign of chaos anywhere!

I had let go of control and my students rose to the occasion!  I was so impressed and proud of them!  They are taking control of their learning and sharing that learning with others.

Coming soon...I'll share some other changes I am making to my classroom!

Learn more about Teach Like a Pirate in this blogpost!





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