Students were able to start choosing their own "Read to Self" spots during Reading Workshop last week. We discussed what makes a good reading spot, and we all agreed that different places work for different people. Students are going to try various spots around the room before selecting the spot that will be their designated reading spots for a while. Having a set spot makes the transition to Read to Self fast after the mini-lesson, and I think it's important that students have the opportunity to think about what they need to be able to read independently for a sustained period of time. Choosing a comfortable spot where we can focus is critical! As long as students are able to choose a place where they can read quietly the whole time without distraction, they've found a successful spot!
Here are a few of the self-selected reading spots... (note: The collage will appear bigger if you click on it.)
Another note about Read to Self time...as of last week, students were choosing books based purely on interest. Starting tomorrow, I will teach student a strategy called "i-pick," which will help them choose "Good Fit" books. Good Fit books are books that are both interesting and at an appropriate reading level for the child. I will write more about this as I introduce it to students. :-)