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Monday, August 18, 2014

Falling in Love...The Last Chapter!

I can’t believe how late this post is! Time is just slipping away on me. There are now exactly two weeks until school starts again! I'm trying to live in denial! I went to write this post Saturday night, but my super sweet husband decided that we needed a date night! Supper, a movie, and the casino can't beat that. Well maybe if we had won something at the casino, it might have been better. LOL

It's hard to believe that we have gotten to the end of the Falling in Love Book Study! That's right, today I'm talking about Chapter 7!!!!

So this is where I, as a teacher, have to put it all together! AHHHHHH! This absolutely terrifies me. I get the concept, but now it's my job to take what I've learned and use it in my classroom! The examples they used were great, but not exactly relevant to first grade. As a Grade 1 teacher, I find it hard to visualize what close reading would look like in my classroom. 

This is what I've figured out. First, we are going to take it slooooow! There is so much that I want to incorporate into my classroom this year. The 100 minutes model, guided math, and now close reading! I don't want to sell myself short, because I have stretched myself too far. So I am going to take it super slow. I think my students will NEED me to take it slow too. 

I plan to teach close reading during my shared and guided reading lessons. During shared reading, I can model, and then, during guided reading lessons, I can focus on giving my students the tools they need to be effective.

Overall, I haven't decided if I have FALLEN IN LOVE with close reading. But I am very intrigued by the concept and in seeing what it would look like in first grade!

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