Welcome to Reading Workshop: Structures and Routines that Support All Readers

Stenhouse. Aug. 2023. 235p. pap. $40.66. ISBN 9781625315304.
A resourceful guide for educators wanting to establish and manage reading workshops in their classrooms. Reminiscent of Nancie Atwell’s pioneering work on reading workshops, this pays homage to those foundational ideas while innovatively bringing them into the 21st century. The authors present a clear framework that emphasizes student autonomy, creativity, and critical thinking, thus encouraging a genuine love for reading. The book meticulously dissects the reading workshop model into its core elements, including mini-lessons, guided reading, independent reading, conferencing, and share time. Practical strategies for every aspect are provided; these are enriched with real-world examples, templates, and tools. Embedded videos with QR codes provide a bird’s-eye view of reading workshops in practice, and helpful interviews with reading teachers offer an additional layer of insight. The book places a strong emphasis on differentiation, recognizing the diverse needs and abilities of students. It also outlines methods to tailor instruction, grouping strategies, and assessment tools, reflecting both traditional wisdom and modern insights into student engagement and growth. More than a manual, this is an inspiring call to innovate and adapt teaching practices to enhance students’ literacy skills. A comprehensive approach and hands-on guidance, along with added tips and strategies like the 10 readerly conversation starters, make it a must-read. By integrating theory with practical application, the book is an essential roadmap for creating a dynamic and successful reading workshop.
VERDICT An excellent addition for anyone interested in starting a reading workshop in their classroom or school library, as it offers the insights and tools necessary in today’s educational landscape.

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