I really like researching about new strategies and trying them with my small groups. This week we used the stop and jot strategy with post-its:
I had my Number the Stars group focus in on the Nazi soldiers' midnight visit. They recorded their thinking while reading and then used their recordings to guide their own discussions.
I wish I had time to meet with them daily but I simply have too many groups to make that possible. So we meet every 3 days and they have independent reading and homework in between:
I give them four or five questions to respond to and use evidence from the text to support their answers. I love when they do such a great job with details!
They also are taking more ownership and creating charts about their novels:
Which we store in a magnetic bin at the front of the room.
I used a regular plastic bin and hot glued on magnets to make it work for my classroom.
I like how my students are so open to new ideas and strategies as well! It's wonderful to keep learning together :)