We follow up with a meaningful discussion about the differences observed. The class concludes that Mrs. Kurtzman barely skimmed the surface of her book while Ms. Copland was engaged in "Deep Reading".
We chart strategies for "Deep Reading".
-Use headphones or hider if needed
-Eyes on text
-Think deeply about the text
-Reread for understanding
-Record your thinking in your Reader's Notebook
During Independent Reading time, the room is still and quiet other than the soft rustle of pages turning. It is clear the students are deeply engrossed in their books. When it comes time to discuss their reading in partnerships, the students are able to share their deep thinking and carry on meaningful discussions.
We will continue to "Dig Deep" every day in our classroom, not only in our reading, but in our thinking, our writing, our discussions, and throughout our learning.
I am currently reading Conferring: The Keystone of Reader's Workshop by Patrick A. Allen. I am inspired by Patrick's commitment to creating a community of deep thinkers in his classroom!