When working with student teachers, I am often asked what things I see in a classroom that makes it a literacy-rich environment. A literacy-rich environment emphasizes the importance of speaking, reading, and writing. It is designed to facilitate language and literacy opportunities. It should surround our students with literacy that expands outside the subject of reading and into all subject areas.
The specific design classroom is dependent on the age of the students. The following factors can be used as is or modified to meet your student needs. Check them out and see how literacy -rich your classroom is.
Literacy-Rich Classroom Characteristics:
- Walls that reinforce and grow with students.
- High engagement literacy activities
- Heavy focus on application through authentic texts
- Classroom library with a variety of independent texts
- Leveled literacy library for small group instruction.
- Meaningful independent seatwork with a purpose
- Classroom displays that document learning in progress.
- Learning resources to support knowledge (word walls, anchor charts)
- Interdisciplinary viewpoint
- Literacy centers that reinforce and extend learning.
- Appropriate homework to apply and practice learning.
Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.