Chapters 3 and 4 are both about Independence.
cute graphic by Jennifer
Chapter 3 is about the 10 steps to teaching and learning independence.
The idea of independent learners is fabulous. Kids learn differently but the book points out that memory stored in the kinesthetic system lasts the longest... so I always have kids act out the ways in which we move around the room, or where to sit, or how to be readers.
The 10 steps are in the darling graphic above!
I love Step 8 where we STAY OUT OF THE WAY!
It's tough for teachers...but...it makes for on task - independent - accountable students. It works... and it is fabulous!!
Chapter 4 is all about what you need to get started.
The book recommends quiet chimes to create the quiet signal. These are the chimes I purchased for my team our first year. I love them!
The meeting area should be large enough for all your kids to sit on the floor. Research shows that classrooms with large libraries have more successful readers.
I purchased book boxes at Target a few summers ago.
Each box was $3.00 so I spent about $90.00, however,
I only have to replace a couple. Hopefully they will be available when their back to school supplies come out.
Inside the boxes they each had the basal,
good fit books,
1 spiral notebook (work on writing),
journal notebook (word work).
The book suggests 8-10 good fit books in book bins.
Something tough for me is the importance of displaying charts of collected class learning throughout the year, not throwing them away or taking them down after a week… they just get to be so much... last year I hung the typed version after we created charts... these stayed up all year so we could review and refer to them.