I'm writing you today to tell you about the next.best.thing for Read to Self Daily 5:
I noticed after the Thanksgiving break that my students were having trouble getting started quickly during Read to Self.
This was unusual due to the training and general stellar-ness of my class this year.
I had read about letting students choose a permanent spot to read during Read to Self. I tried it out during a mini-lesson and have not turned back yet.
I was honest with my students and said that I had noticed it had been taking a while to get started quickly. I also told them I noticed how they were
The day of the book nook mini lesson, we all started at out reading at our desks (an unusual occurrence).
Each student, one-by-one, picked a "Book Nook" spot.
I gave them a sticky note with their name on it to place on their spot. That way, other students would know this spot was taken.
If a student picked a spot that was right next to their best friend I quickly discussed how that *might* lead to talking. Everyone obliged and real reading happened.
The next day was the real test of success. It was time to get started....quickly....without
They were excited and relieved to have their own reading spot.
Everyone walked. I repeat: Everyone WALKED!
Everyone was happy to claim their own spot. There were no tears, back stabbing, or pushing.
It worked like magic.
Since, I have not had a student ask to trade Book Nook spots.
I have seen an decrease in transition time.
I have been an all around Happy teacher!
Have you tried Book Nooks?
Do you have a system for picking out a stuffed animal or pillow (my students are allowed to read with one or the other). Also, I have recently introduced "reading phones" which has created a HUGE distraction and reason to pout in 1st grade. There's not enough for every student, which is code for "I had it first" arguments.
What's your solution for creating a fair environment of choice?