The Abandoned Literacy Circle

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    I am in my 3rd year of teaching and I feel like I should have this down by now (because only first year teachers make mistakes ;)). My issue is with implementing student led literacy circles. I'll be honest to say, I have tried several times and failed time and time again. I am great at some things, but lit. circles seem to sneak down to my low-priority list every year.
    Here are my issues and questions:

    1. Roles: I start with my high reading group and explain each role, model, ask questions, then send them off to read chapter 1 and complete the given role. I have them complete the same role all at once with the intention of moving to individual roles after practicing. SO MANY QUESTIONS! Next thing I know, i hear arguing about what they are supposed to be doing, in which I have to get up to redirect while my low group waits patiently. When I return to my low group, it is highly likely that we will need to start over to ensure they understand the sequence of events.

    2. Time: My students are so busy during our reading block and I can't seem to find the time to come up with a structured schedule for student led literacy circles. I would like for them to meet 2-3 times per week but it is almost impossible for me to be consistent with even one time per week!

    3. Implementation: I don't know if they should be reading the chapter before meeting or reading together? I have given my students the books to read on their own and every time there is always 1-2 group members that can't stop at one chapter. They end up reading way ahead and forget what chapter they are even discussing.

    4. Questions: When do they complete their roles? When do they read? Where do they keep the books? When do they meet and how often? Do you still meet with them for guided reading? How long does it take to get through one chapter book? How do you assign readings/activities? How do you hold them accountable in a student led group? How do you guide them into roles so they know exactly what to do when they are on their own?

    If you read through all this, THANK YOU! :)
     
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