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Literacy Work Stations

  • Title:Literacy Work Stations: Making Centers Work
  • Author:Debbie Diller
  • Publication Date:January 2003
  • Grade Level:K-3
  • ISBN:9781571103536
  • Publisher:Stenhouse

This book will help teachers solve the dilemma: What does the rest of my class do while I'm working with a small reading group? Debbie Diller offers practical suggestions for over a dozen literacy work stations that link to instruction and make preparation and management easy for teachers. Learn how to set up work stations, how to manage them, and how to keep them going throughout the year.

Each chapter includes:

  • how to introduce each station;
  • materials to include at each station;
  • what to model;
  • how to solve problems;
  • how to differentiate;
  • how to assess and keep students accountable;
  • reflection questions for professional development.

Materials in both English and Spanish are provided in the extensive resource section. Throughout the book the author has included photos of literacy workstations from a variety of classrooms in which she has worked to illustrate the methods discussed in the text.

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Author Bio

Debbie Diller has been a national consultant since 2000, but she still has "those 'back-to-school' dreams in the fall." She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Millersville University and Temple University and spent the next thirty years as an educator. Her love of teaching stems from her love of learning. "I have always loved learning. Becoming a teacher was a way I could share that love of learning with children and eventually, adults."

Debbie's ideas for her books also come from her work with teachers. She listens for frequently asked questions, patterns, teachers' needs and keeps a writer's notebook to collect ideas, thoughts, and notes. "Often, the old joke comes to mind: 'how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.' That's how I write: Bit by bit, on planes, in hotel rooms, in my office on a rare day. Teachers' questions and comments spur me on through my daily, ongoing work in classrooms, which sustains my work."

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