Last year, I would teach a mini lesson from the CAFE menu. I would ask students to practice in their read to self round. Many would not practice. They would say that they have already done read to self for the day, or they we not working on read to self this time, or simply not try the strategy. What are your thoughts about having the 1st 5 mins of the round to practice what was taught during our mini lesson? After the 5 mins, they can work on their choice (read to self, work on writing, etc...). I just feel like there was a lot of missed instruction due to not practicing. Any ideas would be great! Thank you!!






Perhaps to start off with, you could make sure the new lesson you wanted kids to practice could be your first mini-lesson of the day, Then, no one will have been to a round yet.  However, we don't want to take time from rounds to practice.  Next, when that first round is over, you could ask if anyone did pracice the skill, and have them share.  This may help encourage others to practice it the next round.  You could also ask students to bring a book with them when then come back together.  Then you could take a couple of minutes of this time to  have students practice and for you to observe.  Hope these ideas help.  

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