LEARNING THROUGH THE LENS OF AGENCY & IB TRANS-DISCIPLINARY THEMES
At Learning Skills International School, reading centers around “Reading Workshop” which teaches the skills children need to develop into life-long readers. In Reading Workshop, students choose (sometimes with teacher guidance) books that are “just right” for them. They read for meaning and purpose, and they share what they read with others. Reading Workshop gives students a lot of time to read. Research tells us that the amount of independent reading students do in school is directly related to their progress as readers, as well as a source of vocabulary growth and reading fluency.
Below Are Some Key Elements:
- A belief that readers develop at different paces, and knowledgeable teachers take the time to understand learners, in order to develop proficiency and a love of reading
- A classroom community that emphasizes reading as a meaning-making activity and prioritizes time for readers to think and talk about their reading with teachers and peers
- A workshop approach that provides structure and choice, as well as time for whole group, small group and individual instruction
Classroom libraries in which texts are organized according to genre, author, topic, complexity, and cross-curricular connections to help children self-select texts and build reading identities
- Formal and informal assessments to plan instruction that both supports and challenges growing readers