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At Hamilton we utilize the workshop model approach to reading and writing. We base our units of study off of the Lucy Calkins curriculum and tailor them to meet the needs of our students. Use this link and read below to learn more about the Lucy Calkins curriculum and workshop approach. 

Reading and writing workshops are deliberately designed to offer a simple and predictable environment so that the teacher can focus on the complex work of observing students’ progress and teaching into their needs.

  • Each session begins with a brief mini-lesson where teachers lead explicit instruction usually containing building connections to students’ background knowledge, active engagement, and linking students to the new learning objective.
  • The mini-lesson ends with the kids being sent off on their own for independent practice – students are given time to practice and incorporate the strategies they are learning in their own reading and writing.
  • As students work, the teacher confers with individual students and leads small groups – this provides an opportunity for teachers to individualize student learning to support and drive differentiation.
  • The teacher may also stop the class for a mid-workshop teaching point – this is based off of what the teacher has observed from students’ work during the lesson and in small groups. The teacher offers students a reminders, quick tips, and extension ideas to keep students focused on learning.
  • The workshop ends with a share – this allows students to celebrate their hard work, inspire other students in the class with ideas for further developing their skills, and provide vital feedback for the teacher to use for the next day’s workshop.