T1 Time For Literacy


Ensuring Time for Tier I Balanced Literacy Instruction

In a balanced literacy model, it is essential to schedule ample time for whole-class, small-group, and individual instruction and intervention. This time includes Readers' Workshop, Writers' Workshop, Phonics/Word Study, and Interactive Read Aloud. 

Daily schedules must be posted on classroom bulletin boards or walls explicitly identifying time for each of these components. Posting this schedule will accomplish the following goals:

    • Ensure that students internalize the shared language of literacy that will be used from grade to grade 
    • Ensure heavy emphasis on teaching and learning structures that promote a "research, decide, teach" model
    • Ensure learning objectives are transparent to students, service providers, and principals

The following samples should be used to guide planning for classroom schedules.