On your first viewing, use the Observational Checklist (PDF) to note how Ms. Pursley implements some of the Literacy Teaching Practices. In particular, note how she helps the students in reading and writing workshops.
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Review What You Saw
After watching the video, review the Observational Checklist and reflect on what you saw. How do the practices you just watched compare to your own? Think about your classroom and the needs of your students. How are they different from or similar to what you saw in the video?
Relate the Key Question to Becky Pursley's Classroom
How does the classroom environment encourage students to gain independence as readers and writers?
In reading and writing workshops, students choose their own books and activities. Reflect on the Readers' Choice List displayed prominently in the classroom. How does this level of choice and independence promote literacy? How would you implement this approach in your own classroom?