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Personal and Professional Development

For Yvonne's thoughts on comprehensive literacy, click here.

Comprehensive literacy is a framework of components that, when used together, provide a mental model of quality instruction.

Guided Reading

Shared Reading

Reader's Theater

Writer's Workshop

Read Alouds

For Yvonne's thoughts on guided reading, click here.

An instructional approach where we work with individuals in a flexible, small group context

Reading by the child, providing a successful and confirming experience that leads to independence

An opportunity for the teacher to teach "from the back seat" facilitating or guiding children to be active readers.

An opportunity to work with students at the cutting edge of their development with a specific book that matches their instructional level

An opportunity to observe readers, assess progress being made, and to seize teachable moments

An approach that works together with a variety and balance of other instructional approaches in reading and writing
For Yvonne's thoughts on shared reading, click here.

Shared reading is a collaborative language activity based on the bedtime story.  It typically involves a teacher and the whole class sitting closely together to share the reading and re-reading of enlarged texts.
The teacher teaches skills and strategies during shared reading.

The students apply skills and strategies learned during guided and independent.

Teachers involve the students in problem solving strategies including:

Drawing on student's background knowledge and prior experiences

Integrating and orchestrating the cueing systems

Recognizing language conventions, features, and organization of different texts

Using illustrations, photographs, diagrams, and charts

Using multiple sources of information

Predicting, checking, and confirming to construct meaning

The text is revisited for five days
Reader's Theater is essential for students to learn to love to read as well as to give students time for to incorporate all that they are learning about reading into their own reading.

It is an hour of class time dedicated to involving students of all abilities in choosing books, reading for long periods of time from self selected texts, responding to their reading and participating in mini lessons and sharing time.

It is difficult for teachers to manage, teach and respond to students during reads' workshop unless they have had support, feedback and direction. Yvonne Shay and Associates provides that support and instruction so teachers will be successful and students will achieve at high levels and love to read as a bonus!
What is Writers' Workshop? It is a dedicated time each day carved out to teach the writing process, the craft of writing and the self management skills that students need to be successful in writing.

The writing workshop is usually 45 minutes to 60 minutes long and includes a mini-lesson of 10 to 15 minutes at the beginning of the workshop period. The greatest portion of the workshop is dedicated to students' writing their pieces in a very authentic way. In other words, students are in different stages of the writing process and are writing on self chosen topics. The workshop ends with a closure time or sharing which can be very short or can last up to 10 minutes on particular days. Writers' Workshop is very well planned, The teacher knows what mini-lesson will best meet the needs of his/her students and also knows which students will receive one on one or small group instruction during the workshop.

Writing is a process that requires high level thinking and application of many difficult skills, there fore it is important that students are given time to write, rewrite, revise, edit, publish and celebrate. It is also important that teachers are comfortable with the structure and flexibility of Writers' Workshop.

In order to accomplish these goals, teachers need training, professional conversations, classroom observations and professional feedback. Yvonne Shay and Associates provides the support that teachers need to fully implement an indepth, effective writing program that aligns with state standards and supports teachers through the learning curve.
Model fluency

Model expression

Model the thinking process that takes place through think alouds

Allow students to see the teacher as a reader

Build knowledge, background experiences and listening vocabulary

Provide opportunities for strategy instruction

Enrich student's knowledge of genre