Classroom Environment Lesson Structure Assessment Sample Comprehension Lessons


Classroom Environment

“Engaged reading is a merger of motivation and thoughtfulness.  Engaged readers seek to understand; they enjoy learning and they believe in their reading abilities.”   –John Guthrie


Slide Show Segment Overview of this Segment
(click here for general Facilitator Notes for a PLC, and on each section below for specific notes)
Part 1: The Significance of Engagement (7:59) We explore what engagement is and why it’s so important to support children’s development as independent readers and writers.
We introduce the aspects of building engagement that will be the focus on Parts 2-6 of this section.
Part 2: Student Responsibility for Engagement (5:58) Teachers from Pate Elementary in Darlington, SC, share how they have helped their students learn what engagement is and how to take responsibility for it on their own.
Part 3: Book Choices (8:34) We consider students’ access to a variety of types of books appropriate for their current reading capacities.
We think about ways to enhance classroom collections.
Part 4: Authentic, Meaningful Tasks (10:28) We view and analyze examples of meaningful tasks with authentic purposes and audiences that engage children in literacy.
We focus on tasks that can be used as centers or stations while the teacher is meeting with guided reading groups.
Part 5: Physical Environment (6:40) We consider how we use the space in our classrooms, and especially how we use our walls to teach and celebrate our children’s efforts and growth.
Part 6: Social Interactions about Literacy (8:34) We explore the importance of talk between children, not always mediated by the teacher, in developing literacy.
We focus on “Turn and Talk” and analyze its effectiveness.