A few years ago I stumbled upon one of my favorite message boards- Scarlet Nation (Rutgers Sports). I read the boards daily and feel like I have gotten to know John, the founder. John is also a phenomenal teacher who blogs over at A Community of Learners. He recently began a new venture that I suspect will become huge in he next few months. As he describes it best, I will quote him:
There are dozens – perhaps hundreds – of books that discuss the basic principals behind the reading workshop and other programs that stress the importance of independent reading. There are also many groups and individuals who charge a hefty fee to share their knowledge of the program.
At the same time, there are thousands of teachers who are “in the trenches” with the reading workshop every day. Many have more practical knowledge than the authors who are writing texts and the staff developers who are delivering the high priced presentations. That is where opensourcereading.com comes in.Open Source Reading is an online community for anyone who teaches reading. The focus at this point are grades 3-8.
our philosophy: Children make the most progress when they spend large blocks of time reading “just right” books and sharing their texts with others.
our motto: Try it. Change it. Share it.
The motto is at the core of the site. Open source materials (units of study, conferring sheets, graphic organizers) are free for you to download, customize and distribute. Consider the materials on this site to be a starting ground. All that we ask is that, if you use a reproducible page, please support the site and its users by…
1) including a link to opensourcereading.com in the footer of any page that you use or customize
2) email a copy of all customized pages to John so that he may put them back on the site to share with others
I’ve already signed up and explored the site. It’s wonderful! You should definitely check it out!