You sit down with a small group of students to work on reading skills while the rest of the class finds a quiet corner to curl up in with their Independent Reading book (and some sticky notes and a notebook, of course!)
Your students are reading the whole time, completely lost in the story. And when the reading time is up… they beg you, “Please, can we have 10 more minutes to read?”
Your classroom library is the most sacred part of the room, and it’s also the community hub for your classroom.
Students recommend books to one another, and you become a trusted source for book recommendations, too.
You don’t have to worry about your students being on task during reading time because you’ve spent time up front setting your Independent Reading norms and practicing until they’ve built up the stamina they need to read on their own.