By ALEXIS BARTOLOMUCCI
Students in Catherine Curtis’ third-grade class at Robinwood Lane Elementary worked on their reading skills during their reading workshop on Feb. 22.
Curtis does reading workshops three days a week and a writing works shop twice a week.
During the reading workshop, the students learn about character traits, precise language, plots and other factors that come in when someone is reading a book.
Curtis starts the reading workshop off with a mini lesson by reading part of a book to all of the students at the beginning of the class.
After the students discuss different aspects of the book, they break off into their reading groups.
Students are broken up into groups based on their reading levels. This gives the students and opportunity to read different books and practice what they learned together, on their own.
“It’s a flexible way of teaching reading and the kids are much more excited about it because they’re moving at their pace,” said Curtis.
The students don’t always stay in the same group. There are some days where a couple students will be switched to join another reading group depending on how well they are advancing in their original group.
Reading workshop gives the opportunity for students to move at a rate that is most comfortable for them.
“It’s provides a different way of teaching. It has it’s pros and cons, but I would say as a reading teacher, the pros outweigh the cons,” said Curtis.
Students are given the opportunity to work with each other, and with the teacher, to help out one another while learning.