At the end of the last school year, I had my fifth and sixth grade students write a letter to me telling about their experience with Reader’s Workshop in my class during the year. Here are some of their comments.
“Reading used to be a chore for me. Now reading is like a game, a mystery, and a fun way to make the impossible possible.”
“Reading is now a hobby I do. When there’s extra time I like to sit back, relax, and start reading a good book.”
“Reading Workshop is an awesome experience and every class should do it.”
My reading knowledge has changed since our first reading lesson. Letters helped me think deeper into reading, which is synthesizing. Now I create pictures and movies in my head while reading.”
“This has made me a better reader because now I know what to think about while I read amazing books.”
“Before I had Reading Workshop lessons, reading was torture to me. I didn’t like it. I hated it. But after a year of Reading Workshop, reading is on my ‘to do’ list.”
“I’m not good at writing or reading out loud, but reading inside my head and understanding what I’m reading is something that I’m proud of.”
Isn’t that a teacher’s dream, to inspire students like that? The school year has just begun, and there haven’t been any real challenges yet for my new students, but later when it gets hard I can read those quotes and smile.