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Diane Robertson's picture
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how to use IDR in kindergarten

I'd like to see the best way to implement IDR in a guided reading/workstation format. Is it best to do IDR at another time during the day? How would that look?

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Many teachers schedule their independent reading (IDR) time directly following their whole group Making Meaning Lesson. The children get their browsing boxes or baskets and find a quiet spot to read for a few minutes while teachers support individual students by conferring with them about their choices of books and providing quick teaching points based on assessed needs.

For teachers who also teach small groups using a guided reading or other needs based structure, I find that starting the center or independent work stations with IDR is a nice transition for students into their small group and independent work activities. Many teachers use a structure similar to the Daily 5 (DAILYCafe.com) for balancing time for students to work on their independent reading with time to support students individually and in small groups.

Others have found the work of Fountas and Pinnell and Debbie Diller helpful in organizing time and productive independent reading practice that allows for small group instruction. I don't think there is a best way to implement IDR, the best way is going to be the one that works best for you and your students. If students are engaged and enjoying reading and practicing their developing literacy understandings and if you are maximizing this time in text to support, teach and further deepen their learning you will have found the best way.

What are others doing or what resources have you found most helpful?

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Do you have your program in spanish books?

Anonymous (not verified)
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Do you have your program in spanish books?

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I'm sorry, but we do not offer independent reading books in Spanish.

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