Thursday, August 16, 2012

Too Much Time on Your Hands?

So my email inbox has been buzzing with questions about reader's and writer's workshop. I can sense the panic in some people's emails.  One thing I never hear is that they have ample planning time. 

Here is my story...   Everyday we are given 50 minutes for planning.  That is pretty generous because I some some people have less than that!  Within these 5 50 minute periods, we spend one talking about intervention students and usually another one is used to plan grade level things... that leaves 3-50 minute plan periods... Now I envy people who can get all of their weeks planning, copying, and collating done in 150 minutes, but honestly  I am not one of those people.  So I feel like I never have enough plan time.

This is why I love Kim Adsit's and Michelle Scannell's new Reader's Workshop Series. Ser-i-ous-ly!!  I have been "doing" reader's workshop for years, but I know my lessons were not this well thought out (or as cute). 
 I've met Kim... I trust her... she is SMART...and she knows emergent readers. 

She has three units out so far.  As I was reading through them I found myself nodding... Yep! Yep! Yep!  Essentially, my first 12 weeks of reader's workshop has been so well planned out for me...you know, the kind of lessons you REALLY want your principal to pop in on!
Click below to find her units on TpT.


So I have been working on a few things too...   Have you ever heard of this lady named Deanna Jump?  
We have pooled our thoughts centered around writing.   We have our first unit out which is launching the writer's workshop.

You can find the unit on Deanna's store.

We have completed about 70% of unit two which is centered around narratives. Unit #2 should be up within a week or two.

I have attached the "Big Ideas" for the rest of the units that will be planned as the year progresses. You will notice that the Common Core Standards surrounding writing are covered!  Yay!   


17 comments:

  1. Just FYI the link to yall's writing workshop pack (which I'm SO excited about!!) actually takes you to Kim Adsit's Unit 3 :)

    Danielle

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    1. Thank you!!! I just fixed it! So sorry!

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  2. Does this unit correspond with the thoughts in In Pictures and In Words? If so, I would LOVE this!

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    1. Yes, I would say that we have integrated illustrative studies within each unit. Certainly there is an emphasis on the illustrations telling the story. I'm really proud of the first unit and the second one is shaping up too (a few more illustrative lessons included in unit 2 as well).

      You can't help but be changed after reading that book... don't you think?

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  3. Wow! This looks amazing. Is it Common Core aligned? I surely wish I saw it during the TPT sale. Are you planning a sale soon? Say, yes.... :)

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    1. Boo hoo Mrs. Parker! I am sorry you missed the sale:(

      Common Core: The three modes of writing will be addressed throughout the year. I honestly see more reading CCS addressed during Writer's Workshop... don't you think?

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  4. I'm in LOVE, I am going to TpT right now. Thank you so much for your creativity! Please visit me at http://bilingualscrapbook.blogspot.com/
    Alexa

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  5. Deedee - this looks ah.mazing. On my way to buy. Do you think there will be 9 total units that you and Deanna create? Just thinking about planning and prices. :) Thank you!

    Arianne

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    1. Hi there, Yes, the current plan is for Deanna and I to make a total of 9 units. Each unit will last 4 weeks.

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    2. Awesome. I bought the first one last night and can't wait to start using it! Thank you!!!

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  6. Love the new writing pack...got it during the sale :)! I always feel bad when I tell people how long we get for planning, because it is so much longer than other schools (we get 80 minutes all at the same time every day for the kids to have 40 min of PE and 40 min of a special). Somehow though, I still never get all my planning done!
    Vickie

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  7. Vickie... I am happy for you! That is awesome. Sadly,I would be in the same boat. I tend to visit... I mean collaborate with my peers to much! Ha! Imagine that!

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  8. This is GENUIS!!! Looks like I will be making some more purchases :) :) :) Thanks for sharing!
    --Holly
    Learning Adventures with Mrs. Gerlach

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  9. You are great! I use your calendar journal every day with my students! Would you happen to be able to change the options for 'year' to say 2012/2013? I don't want them to get confused in January!

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  10. Oh thank you!!! I think the calendar journal you are talking about was created by Erin Eberhart at Eberharts Explorers. If you can't find it, let me know.

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  11. Enjoy your planning time! I get a 45 minute prep period twice a week.

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  12. My chin is on the floor due to the planning time! We get time 3x a week totaling 210 mins.

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