I read countless books and blog posts about experts and professionals who had it all down to a science. I followed their recipes and had days where the mini lesson went smoothly but the conferring was inefficient and vice versa.
One day I were perusing through the book fair after one of my parent-teacher conferences and stumbled upon my saving grace… another book about teaching reading. 🙂
But this one was far different from any other I had read. Donalyn Miller’s, The Book Whisperer is one of those books you pick up and can’t put down…it fills your mind with inspiration and has you thinking about things in a whole new light. In this case, the whole new light was shining on reading instruction.
After reading Miller’s book over a weekend, I walked through the door on Monday morning with excitement pumping though my teacher veins. I had a whole new approach to teaching reader’s workshop…that Monday, I tried it…it worked and it’s been working ever since!
Over the next month, I am going to share the ins-and-outs of my Book Whisperer-inspired reader’s workshop. It is a time of day where my students and I read, share our excitement about reading, read more, write about reading, read more, talk about reading and read some more.