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Teacher's Day Off

When I first became a teacher, I felt a need to control every aspect of what happened in my classroom. I soon learned that there are often benefits to taking a step back and allowing students to be learning leaders. Student-initiated and motivated work is the foundation of this inquiry.  
 
“Teacher’s Day Off” is a record of how I became a facilitator in my self-contained Orton-Gillingham Reading classes. As a facilitator, I was able to create an educational community which focused on student-centered instruction. 
 
On the next few pages, you will discover how I guided my 9th-graders in writing and delivering workshop-style lessons, designing daily assessment activities, and creating summative projects. Hopefully you will find this action research to be intriguing, inspiring, and useful for your own student-led classrooms.