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Link: Teaching Reading: K-2

Becky Pursley's First-Grade Class

First Impressions


Students Making Choices

Video Summary

The Teacher and the Class

Analyzing the Video
  Before Viewing
  First Impressions
  Looking Closer
  Summing Up

Making Connections

Selected Resources


Watch the Video

On your first viewing, use the Observational Checklist (PDF) to note how Ms. Pursley implements some of the Literacy Teaching Practices. In particular, note how she helps the students in reading and writing workshops.


Review What You Saw

As you reflect on these questions, write down your responses or discuss them as a group.

After watching the video, review the Observational Checklist and reflect on what you saw. How do the practices you just watched compare to your own? Think about your classroom and the needs of your students. How are they different from or similar to what you saw in the video?


Relate the Key Question to Becky Pursley's Classroom

How does the classroom environment encourage students to gain independence as readers and writers?

Chart from Ms. Pursley's class.In reading and writing workshops, students choose their own books and activities. Reflect on the Readers' Choice List displayed prominently in the classroom. How does this level of choice and independence promote literacy? How would you implement this approach in your own classroom?

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