1. Read pictures and words.
2. Read to a buddy.
3. Retell a book.
It is essential that we show the students the WRONG way to read a book <choose that mischievous child over in the corner that never wants to read!!> and the RIGHT way to read a book. That Mischievous child over in the corner will be miraculously transformed to look like a straight a student!!
Continue going over these same lessons each day to build STAMINA!!
It is recommended also that a I Chart be created. On one side, describe the actions of the students. On the other side, describe the actions of the teacher. It is imperative that the students know that this is not a time for students to come with questions, concerns, misunderstandings.
This is when I enact my 'hat'...I put on a hat which signals others that I am not open for discussions and need to put all of my attention on the students with me. I also use my bunco bell and teach students that by hitting this bell one time I expect them to stop and monitor their volume. This helps me address the problem of LOUD students during quiet time. But...then....if I work on stamina this time more than I did last time, I shouldn't need that now, should I? =)
Back to the book:
Start your work on building stamina with 3 minutes of uninterrupted reading time. Build from there! Remember, it is going to take the first 20 days of school to get this up and running like it is supposed to work! When students are unable to continue the session as expected, pull the class together and discuss what happened.
Getting their attention:
This is when I can really use my bunco bell!!! Others buy other types of attention-getters such as chimes ($19.77 at Amazon), a squawking chicken ($9.06...I would LOVE to have this!), and train whistle ($2.50 on Amazon). You could even bang a wooden spoon on a pot! Anything to get their attention.
In reflecting on your students' work with these strategies, what can you celebrate at this point in the year?
I think my major celebration will be in teaching students how to choose just right books for their book baggy for sustained reading.
How might you help your students continue to build stamina within these areas?
Repetition!!! I know the pay off will be seeing my students reading all year! That, will be success!