Today we have shortened classes because we’re having conferences. I had to use the day to prep the kids for a sub, since I’ll be out on Tuesday. I put the schedule they’ll follow on the board:
10 minutes fast write
10 minutes free reading
25 minutes reading in small groups
10 minutes prep story characters; they are going to figure out the background of the characters in a story for me the next day–this is my way to try to push them into having fully-formed characters.
20 minutes: groups present to the class
We spent most of the time practicing who would be in the groups and letting me overhear how they were reading and translating (one group wanted to just summarize the entire booklet…it was good for me to hear that, because I could give them a better idea of how to proceed).
Every so often, I like practicing for a sub day. It takes the pressure off me, and lets me see where I need to clarify so that sub days go well (especially the ones when we have 85-minute periods).