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Advanced Learning in the Classroom: Reader's and Writer's Workshop
The Middleton-Cross Plains School District's choice of using a workshop format for reading and writing instruction offers excellent growth opportunities for advanced learners. Teachers typically get to know their students well through weekly one-on-one conferences and are then able to appropriately challenge their learners. At times, students take part in instructional strategy groups and book clubs where they are able to learn with academic peers. Students spend the bulk of their reading time engaged with content that is in their zone of proximal development and receive explicit instruction on how to comprehend these challenging texts and continue to grow. In writing, each genre includes specific writing skills that are easily vertically aligned to the next grade level should a student demonstrate mastery of their current grade level expectations. Furthermore, staff has been working with experts from Columbia University's Teachers' College to enhance their instructional knowledge of the workshop model to benefit all students. Our students benefit greatly from this model as it meets their unique needs and allows for unlimited advancement.