Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tuesday's Teaching Tip - Do You Share?

Do You Share?

Hey teachers!  Do you do sharing in your class?  No, not show and tell sharing, but literacy sharing after independent reading practice?  It’s the frosting on the cake….the bow in the ponytail….or the grand finale to the lesson! In other words….it’s important! There are so many benefits and it only takes 5 to 10 minutes each day.  When the students are sharing, they are using metacognition and being reflective about their own reading.  That really helps their learning to “stick” in their brains.  By listening to others share, their own strategy use is reinforced, and they hear about new strategies to try, too. And you benefit too, because you are able to see how and to whom to give extra support, and you are able to gain information that will help you plan for future teaching.  Are you convinced yet?
Here is a compilation of ideas from some great literacy teachers and some of our faves - Debbie Miller, Kathy Collins and Leah Mermelstein!

Ways to Share
  • Whole Class
  • Small Group
  • Partners

Kinds of Shares
  • Strategy and Process Shares - These are shares that reinforce the strategy or processes that you have been working on in class...that have come from your mini-lessons. 

Debbie Miller’s example:  While sending them off to independent reading practice, “Everyone….I’d like you to pay attention to the process of synthesizing.  Ask yourself these questions:  How do I synthesize?  How does this strategy work with other strategies I know about and use?  What do I understand after synthesizing the story that I didn’t understand before?  …In about forty minutes we’ll come back together and have a bigger conversation about what we learned about ourselves as readers and synthesizers today.”  Reading With Intention  pg. 111

  • Content Shares - These are shares about what the students are reading, and what they are thinking, about their choices of reading material. 

Readers, today while you are reading I’d like you to think about the texts you have chosen to read.  I’d like you to think about why you chose it, what you are thinking about it now that you have started reading it, and what you have learned about yourself as a reader from the choice you have made. You might also share an excerpt of a really great part of your text with us. We will share out our thinking at the end of reading practice time.

  • Progress Shares - These shares are most often done in partners or small groups.  During the share, students share about their progress as readers. 

“Before, I didn’t ever get my brain ready to read.  Now, I do it every time I read.  It really helps me to remember what I read!”

When to share

·         Every day after independent reading practice time for 5 to 10 minutes.
·         It might look like this:


Strategy -Process 




or Progress Share

Other things to consider
  • Teach your sharing manners and routines
  • Provide “conversation prompts” on an anchor chart
  • Have your own note pad ready to write down all of the great things you notice

So there you go….another great idea from some amazing literacy experts!  If you’d like to read more about literacy share outs, check out these books:

Reading with Intention by Debbie Miller
Growing Readers by Kathy Collins
Don’t Forget to Share by Leah Mermelstein

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