Quick Tip # 1:
If you want to learn more effective classroom management strategies, one of the best ways to do this is by visiting well-established reading or writing workshop classrooms to study how they have set up routines and expectations. Ask your principal, coach, or mentor to set up a time to do a peer observation near the beginning of the school year. Here are a few lenses to look through as you are observing a workshop classroom:
How does the teacher:
- manage the mini lesson
- manage independent reading time
- manage the mid-workshop teaching
- manage partner time
- manage the share
- manage books, classroom libraries
- manage conferring/small group notes
Systems Before Mini Lesson Begins
You want to have your class set up for reading workshop before you begin. Here are a few routines you will want to think about:
- what materials will students need for the mini lesson such as books and writing pieces?
- what materials will students need for independent time such as reading logs, drafts, paper, and pencils?
- where will students gather these materials?
- how will students get their learning space ready for independent reading/writing?
- where will students read or write?
- will students need to move chairs or other furniture?
- how will you signal for students to come to the carpet for the mini lesson?
- how will you model and act out how you want your students to come to the carpet?
- what does it look like, feel like, and sound like to get ready for a mini lesson?