My student teacher’s program informed me that I could give her some reading to do over the winter recess. (I’ve already met Miss M., as I’ll refer to her going forward, and she’s fantastic! She spent the past five days in my classroom getting to know my students, which was something no other student teacher of mine has ever done before.) Miss M. seconded the idea of winter recess reading, so I tried to put together what I think is a good list of books for one to read to get ready for student teaching.
Here’s what I told her to read, which I think represents some of the strongest thinking for getting ready to teach Reading and Writing Workshop and for using the Responsive Classroom Approach.
• Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children’s Learning (Peter H. Johnston)
Chapters 4 – 6
• How’s It Going: A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers (Carl Anderson)
The entire book
• Responsive Classroom: Level I Workbook (NEFC)
This book is from the Responsive Classroom Training I did during the Summer of 2006. I suggested that she read Parts 1 – 4, Parts 7 – 8, and Part 10, though the entire book is useful.
• The Art of Teaching Reading (Lucy Calkins)
Chapters 3 – 8, 12, 18-20, 21, 25 – 26
• When Kids can’t Read: What Teachers Can Do (Kyleen Beers)
Chapters 6 – 8; Appendices C, F, and M
• Wondrous Words: Writers and Writing in the Elementary Classroom (Katie Wood Ray)
Chapters 1, 12 – 15
• Writing to Persuade: Minilessons to Help Students Plan, Draft, and Revise (Karen Caine)
Chapter 1 (since she’s going to be teaching an Editorials Unit) and any of the chapters within Part II that will help her plan the unit of study she’ll be teaching.
Did I miss anything??? (Honestly, I missed a lot of my personal favorites, but I was thinking about this as a way to provide basic balanced literacy reading while remembering that the holidays are coming.)
I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).