As students read independently, they used little spoons to “scoop” up more words to help them read more fluidly.

The activity was part of a mini-lesson in that day’s reading workshop in Mary Goodin’s first-grade class at Holmes Elementary School. Goodin, along with fellow Spring Lake educators Mary Cotterall, Megan Dean, Julie Kitchel and Kelly Ortquist, are putting into action what they learned during a weeklong Teachers College Reading and Writing Projects institute at Columbia University this past summer.

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