Tuesday, July 2, 2013
While traveling last week, I had the time to read Aimee Buckner's book Notebook Connections. As I stated earlier, I am really looking to "beef up" my student's reading responses this year. I have done workshop for a long time, and I have had my students respond to their reading, but not to the level that will help them to meet the CCSS. This book was a great read and really broadened my ideas!
I am still considering having the students choose from a variety of writing choices as I discussed in my earlier post, but instead of having them choose one response for me to score, I think that I will use Ms. Buckner's more holistic approach and collect their notebooks every two weeks and give them a grade for variety and depth of entries in the notebook. I will score the notebook and make one response in general to the four-five entries they have written.
Another goal for this year's reading workshop is to do a better job of using the notebooks while conferencing with students. I work hard to meet with students quite frequently, but I do not do a great job of reviewing and discussing their notebook entries with them. I want this to be an area where I grow this year.
I am now going to read Ms. Buckner's writing notebook book called Notebook KnowHow. I am sure that, while it focuses on writing workshop, it will still help me to continue to fine-tune my thoughts on student responses to reading.
Have you read either of these books? Do you have any ideas to share?