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    reader's workshop
    By Ashley Baumgarten

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    I am currently using reader's workshop in my classroom and have found great success from this style of teaching. It allows the teacher to conference (teach) with individual students while they do independent reading, after the mini-lesson. Guided reading is still a major component of Readers workshop so after my students complete 20 minutes of independent reading they do a partner share, then reading/literacy centers or guided reading. Since the studnets are reading for so much of the 90 minute block, they typically only get to one center. Two great books for understanding or learing about the effectiveness of Reader's Worshop is Reading With Meaning by Debbie Miller and the Art of Teaching Reading by Lucy Calkins.
    I also have been through extensive traning in Writer's Workshop so I have a pretty concrete understing of Workshop style teaching and basically run my entire day this way.

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