Presentation on theme: "Literacy Work Stations Making Centers Work"— Presentation transcript:
1Literacy Work Stations Making Centers Work Author, Debbie DillerPresenters:Charlie CouncilSandra MaisonetDebbie DavisIngrid Anderson
2Chapter 1 What is a Literacy Work Station? Dillard’s definition: An area within the classroom where students work alone or interact with others, using instructional materials to explore and expand literacy. It is a place where a variety of activities reinforce, or extend learning, often without assistance of the teacher. It is a time for children to practice reading, writing, listening and working with letters and words.
3Teacher concerns: is space an issue??? Utilization of existing furniture/equipment negates this issue. Examples:Big Book easel becomes your Big Book Work StationTape recorder becomes your Listening StationClassroom computers is now your Computer StationOverhead is now the Overhead Work Station
4Advantages of LWSStudents can work alone or with partners which will decrease the noise level and reduce the number of students working together.Students may work in pairs but this will also allow some students to work alone if they chose to do so.Allows for independent practiceAdditional enrichmentDifferentiationAll students participateEqual access to engageImproved student behaviorUtilizing a variety of materialsUse of manipulativesStudents internalize more
5Points to PonderLiteracy Work Stations:Are not something extra. They are not “fillers of time.”They should replace worksheetsThey provide choices that are relevant, personal and engaging.Should be set up for student success
6Within the LWS, students can: Play a gameMake somethingTalk with a partnerTell a storyBe a recorderMoveDo something new
7LWS guarantee independence by: Modeling appropriate behaviorA gradual release of responsibilityProvide a risk free environmentProper independent work levelProvides clear, explicit instructions
8Non-Negotiables for LWS Focus on practice and purposesLink to your teachingSlow down to speed up…..start slowly & buildBalance process & productLess is more…keep materials to a minimumUse novelty…try one new thing at a timeSimplify – if it takes longer for you to make it than it does for the children to use it instructionally…..don’t do it!!
9Classroom Library Highlights and Overview Teachers must provide quality time and opportunity for children to read during the day.The classroom library is a place where students are expected to browse books, and read or pretend to read.Teachers are in the same business as bookstores: we need to be selling books.Literacy work stations provide an extra chance for reading at school.
11How to Set Up the Classroom Library Ideas that work Books should be available in an organize fashion to help students be able to find books for independent reading.Space is inviting, roomy and well lit.Comfortable sitting.Books arranged by topics, authors, fiction/non-fiction, and genre.Books available by reading levels.Rotate books in your library to keep the student interest.
12What Teachers Must Do It will make your life easier. How to Introduce the Classroom LibraryTour your classroom literacy areas. Explain your classroom organization.Go over literacy stations, expectations, responsibilities, and consequences.* Literacy stations are a team effort.Be a ModelGo over how to choose a book. Model and verbalize the steps you follow. Older students can use “five-finger” test.Have students explain to each other how they chose a book. This will reinforce that they should “think” before selecting a book.
13What the Children Do What you should see in your classroom to promote literacy. Author studyFamiliar booksIndependent level textTelling the storySharing books with partners - discussionsWriting responsesReading to stuff animals/partnersWriting book reviewsRecording books in an individual reading log
15Classroom LibraryPoints of Disagreement with Debbie Diller, Author“Classroom libraries are not a silent place”. * It is important to maintain a balance.We are somewhat restricted with materials, type of furniture, or space available for literacy stations.It is difficult and time consuming to maintain an organize classroom library.How this book assisted me in my classroom Instruction.This book encouraged me to reflect and assess my own environment.It gave me new ideas to incorporate in my literacy stations.Reminded me that I am in the business of selling books. So I need have a library that is well organize, inviting and exciting.
17Drama Work Station Highlights and Overview The drama work station is the place to “improve reading comprehension and fluency, as well as to encourage creative expression”. Children enthusiastically visit this station to read plays and retell stories. It is a “space where oral language related to books can flourish. The more the children read, the better they get at reading.” Activities designed to engage and promote student learning at this station include:Retelling a familiar book.Using puppets, props, and dramatic pieces to retell a familiar book.Reading a familiar play, reader’s theater script, or a student authored play.Writing ads for the play students will enact and/or audio taping a performance.
18Set Up and Modeling Drama Work Station The drama work station can be set up using science, flannel, or magnetic boards. The science board should have a dry-erase surface on one side to provide space for writing ads. A large flannel board or magnetic board may be used to create an area for retelling. Labeled containers are essential for organizing and storing props, puppets, and books and will make these materials easily accessible to students.ModelingTo facilitate learning and ensure student success at this station, the teacher must model four basic routines over time. The routines focus on how to:retell a book read a playuse props and puppets write a play
19Solving Problems and Differentiating Drama Work Station According to the author “because it is easy for children to make up unrelated activities with props and puppets (such as puppets hitting each other on the head), it is essential that students know exactly what is expected of them at this work station. Clearly defining parameters and teaching expected behaviors will keep this from happening and insure that students will act responsibly in this station.”DifferentiatingThe key to differentiating at this station is to make books from many genres at various levels available to students. “Just be sure that the books used for retelling are familiar to all the children.”
20Keep It Going and Kids Accountable Drama Work Station Ways to Keep This Station Going Throughout the YearVariety is the Key!Remember to leave some of the children’s old favorites in the drama work station while adding “only one new book or script at a time to keep things novel.” The sources of the new material may be texts introduced in read-aloud, shared reading, and/or guided reading.How to Assess/ Keep Kids AccountableTeacher observation is a valuable assessment tool at this station. Creating an “I Can” list with students will help them to be more responsible and to utilize their time wisely. Additional means of assessing students may include allowing them to perform or audio tape their retellings and reading of scripts for the class.
21I Agree with the Author Drama Work Station In Literacy Work Stations, Debbie Diller recommends to “focus on practice and purposes, not the stuff of stations.” Teachers often begin setting up work stations or centers by searching for a standard list of materials that tell what should be placed in each station, along with a timeline for changing them. According to the author, “if you begin with what it is you’re trying to teach – your purpose – then you can more easily figure out which materials to use.”
22How Literacy Work Stations Assisted with Classroom Instruction The author states that “if what you’re doing in your class-room is working effectively for your students, don’t change it just because of this book. Use the parts that work for you and your students.”Presently, I have eight “literacy centers” in my classroom as opposed to literacy work stations. Although the centers are changed bi-weekly and correlated with units of study, they provide opportunities for practice and extension of skills taught in whole and small group instuction.I am in the process of developing a drama work station for my students. Their scores on the DRA indicated clear deficiencies in comprehension (retelling a story). This station will be utilized along with other reading strategies to help improve my students’ reading comprehension and fluency.
23Developing A Drama Work Station For My First Graders
24How Literacy Work Stations Assisted with Classroom Instruction The author states that “if what you’re doing in your class-room is working effectively for your students, don’t change it just because of this book. Use the parts that work for you and your students.”Presently, I have eight “literacy centers” in my classroom as opposed to literacy work stations. Although the centers are changed bi-weekly and correlated with units of study, they provide opportunities for practice and extension of skills taught in whole and small group instuction.I am in the process of developing a drama work station for my students. Their scores on the DRA indicated clear deficiencies in comprehension (retelling a story). This station will be utilized along with other reading strategies to help improve my students’ reading comprehension and fluency.
25Memorizing and performing a poem Poetry Work StationWhat the Children DoReading a poemIllustrating a poemFilling in the blanksBuilding a poemChanging a poemCopying a poemListening to a poemWriting a poemComparing two poemsMemorizing and performing a poem
26Tub of favorite poetry books Jump rope rhymes and tongue twisters MaterialsTub of favorite poetry booksJump rope rhymes and tongue twistersSongbooksPaper, pencils, crayonsMagazine picturesCopies of student written poemsPoems copied onto large chart paper
27Introduce the Poetry Work Station\ by modeling: How to read a poem fluentlyHow to read with good expressionHow to find rhyming wordsHow to make connectionsHow to create visual imagesHow to write a poemHow to buddy read a poemHow to illustrate a poem
28Ways to keep the Station Going Throughout the Year Change the poems as often as neededAdd new poetry booksAdd a new poet study tubAdd a new kind of paper for copying poemsProvide shape paper for copying poemsAdd a new medium for illustrating poems
29Ways to keep the Station Going Throughout the Year Change the poems as often as neededAdd new poetry booksAdd a new poet study tubAdd a new kind of paper for copying poemsProvide shape paper for copying poemsAdd a new medium for illustrating poems
30How to Keep Kids Accountable Ask students to share favorite poemsStudents memorize and perform poemsCollect student poetry in notebooks
31Listening Work Station Puzzles and Games Work Station Other Work StationsComputer Work StationListening Work StationPuzzles and Games Work StationBuddy Reading Work StationOverhead Work StationPocket Chart Work StationCreation Work StationScience/Social Studies Work Station