Why Lucy Calkins Reading & Writing Workshop?
The Reading and Writing Project approach to instruction recognizes that “one size fits all” does not match the realities of the classrooms and schools in which they work. When you walk into a workshop classroom at any given moment, you’ll see instruction that is designed to:
- help teachers address each child’s individual learning,
- explicitly teach strategies students will use not only the day they are taught, but whenever they need them,
- support small-group work and conferring, with multiple opportunities for personalizing instruction,
- tap into the power of a learning community as a way to bring all learners along,
- build choice and assessment-based learning into the very design of the curriculum,
- help students work with engagement so that teachers are able to coach individuals and lead small groups.
The routines and structures of reading and writing workshop are kept simple and predictable so that the teacher can focus on the complex work of teaching in a responsive manner to accelerate achievement for all learners.
For more information, please see www.unitsofstudy.org.Accelerated Reader (AR)
We will be using the Accelerated Reading (AR) program to encourage children to read and take AR quizzes. Students will earn points as they read and take AR quizzes. The points will add up to prizes at every grade level.
Each month Dr. Waller will come around to give children prizes for reaching each benchmark. The top scorers in each grade level will win a trip in a limo with Dr. Waller to Chick-fil-A for lunch and Barnes and Noble for a book shopping spree! The classrooms with the highest points for the year will win a party in the media center!
We want to create a culture of reading in our school and develop a love for reading in our students!
AR Tests may only be taken at school. The children are given time throughout the day to take AR tests. Students may come to the media center in the morning before school to take AR tests.