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Reading and Writing Workshop Comes Alive at SIS
Posted 11/14/2014 11:47AM
Have you ever wondered what happens in an elementary classroom?

It's no mystery at SIS. In October, parents had the opportunity to visit the elementary school campus to see classrooms in action. They joined teachers and students for a typical literacy block to witness the kind of learning that happens every day at SIS. From kindergarten to grade five, parents joined their children during reading and writing workshop time. Moms, dads, grandmas, and grandpas listened to mini-lessons, observed independent reading and writing, and participated in thoughtful reflections - all routines for the students who engage in these reading and writing workshops every day.

SIS uses a balanced literacy framework adopted from the Columbia Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. This model ensures students have extended blocks of independent reading and writing time every day, accompanied with appropriate scaffolds for learning, such as one-to-one teacher conferences and charts that demonstrate reading and writing strategies.

Families welcomed the opportunity to talk about books together or to read their child's stories. Not only was it authentic and quality parent-child time together, it was also a chance for parents to fully understand their child's behaviours and school expectations. Many parents appreciated the opportunity to see and celebrate their children learning!

Lindsay Reynolds |Have you ever wondered what happens in an elementary classroom?

It's no mystery at SIS. In October, parents had the opportunity to visit the elementary school campus to see classrooms in action. They joined teachers and students for a typical literacy block to witness the kind of learning that happens every day at SIS. From kindergarten to grade five, parents joined their children during reading and writing workshop time. Moms, dads, grandmas, and grandpas listened to mini-lessons, observed independent reading and writing, and participated in thoughtful reflections - all routines for the students who engage in these reading and writing workshops every day.
SIS uses a balanced literacy framework adopted from the Columbia Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. This model ensures students have extended blocks of independent reading and writing time every day, accompanied with appropriate scaffolds for learning, such as one-to-one teacher conferences and charts that demonstrate reading and writing strategies.

Families welcomed the opportunity to talk about books together or to read their child's stories. Not only was it authentic and quality parent-child time together, it was also a chance for parents to fully understand their child's behaviours and school expectations. Many parents appreciated the opportunity to see and celebrate their children learning!

Lindsay Reynolds | Grade 1 Teacher
Shekou International School



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