Do you struggle with creating reading lesson plans or guided reading lesson plans?
I remember the first time I taught "The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane. I was so excited to share my insights on one of my favorite short stories.
I was the only one.
My incredibly intelligent insights were met with yawns, complaints, and children involuntarily soiling themselves.
I switched to Twain then to Poe then to Hemingway then to Seuss. Similar results followed; I then resorted to a teacher's best friend: "Read the story and answer the questions at the end while I surf the Internet and plan my family vacation in the mountains."
Guilt, boredom, and an overwhelming desire to ram my head through the computer screen prompted me to hand in my resignation. I left my class, unconcerned with the potential of having my desks dismantled and the white board melted down and turned into plastic knives, and marched to the principal's office.
On the way, I observed the most amazing lesson ever. I knocked the teacher out, stole his guided reading lesson plan, marched back to my classroom and tried it out immediately.
I now share it with you.