In her first year of teaching she planned elaborate units around novels. She writes that she has several activities to go along with the readings including art and writing projects. She was surprised when her students rushed through their activities and were not fully engaged. Her colleagues told her that the students were "lazy" and just did the minimum to get by. Donalyn was not satisfied with that answer and eventually discovered the workshop method.
One of the most important parts of discovering the workshop effort was her realization that her students needed choice. "On those rare opportunities when I allowed my students to choose their own books, their interest in completing assignments was sparked..." (pg 13) She learned that she needed to put her students in charge of their learning and take a seat back.
She ends the chapter having the workshop structure in place, but still feeling frustrated. She talks about feeling as though she was just copying the step-by-step directions laid out by the master teachers of the reading workshop. She still has work to do.
Below are my thoughts!
Literacy and Lattes for the graphic and link up! We will be discussing Chapter Two next Thursday, June 18!