Tuesday’s Teaching Tip – Do You Share?

Do You Share?

Hey teachers!  Do you
do sharing in your class?  No, not show
and tell sharing, but literacy sharing after independent reading practice?  It’s the frosting on the cake….the bow in the
ponytail….or the grand finale to the lesson! In other words….it’s important! There
are so many benefits and it only takes 5 to 10 minutes each day.  When the students are sharing, they are using
metacognition and being reflective about their own reading.  That really helps their learning to “stick”
in their brains.  By listening to others
share, their own strategy use is reinforced, and they hear about new strategies
to try, too. And you benefit too, because you are able to see how and to whom
to give extra support, and you are able to gain information that will help you
plan for future teaching.  Are you
convinced yet?
Here is a compilation of ideas from some great literacy
teachers and some of our faves – Debbie Miller, Kathy Collins and Leah

Ways to Share
  • Whole Class
  • Small Group
  • Partners

Kinds of Shares
  • Strategy
    and Process Shares
    – These are shares that reinforce the strategy or
    processes that you have been working on in class…that have come from your mini-lessons. 

Debbie Miller’s
example:  While sending them off to
independent reading practice, “Everyone….I’d like you to pay attention to the
process of synthesizing.  Ask yourself
these questions:  How do I synthesize?  How does this strategy work with other
strategies I know about and use?  What do
I understand after synthesizing the story that I didn’t understand before?  …In about forty minutes we’ll come back
together and have a bigger conversation about what we learned about ourselves
as readers and synthesizers today.” 
Reading With Intention  pg. 111

  • Content
    – These are shares about what the students are reading, and what
    they are thinking, about their choices of reading material. 

Readers, today while
you are reading I’d like you to think about the texts you have chosen to
read.  I’d like you to think about why
you chose it, what you are thinking about it now that you have started reading
it, and what you have learned about yourself as a reader from the choice you
have made. You might also share an excerpt of a really great part of your text
with us. We will share out our thinking at the end of reading practice time.

  • Progress
    – These shares are most often done in partners or small groups.  During the share, students share about their
    progress as readers. 

“Before, I didn’t ever
get my brain ready to read.  Now, I do it
every time I read.  It really helps me to
remember what I read!”

When to share

Every day after independent reading practice
time for 5 to 10 minutes.
It might look like this:

Strategy -Process 
or Progress Share
Other things to consider

  • Teach your sharing manners and routines
  • Provide “conversation prompts” on an anchor
  • Have your own note pad ready to write down all
    of the great things you notice

So there you go….another great idea from some amazing
literacy experts!  If you’d like to read
more about literacy share outs, check out these books:

Reading with Intention by Debbie Miller
Growing Readers by Kathy Collins
Don’t Forget to Share by Leah Mermelstein

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