Several years ago, My fellow R.I., Brandi, and I wrote a grant called "Two Teachers are Better Than One". It was used to purchase tape recorders. Yes, that is old technology but still very useful. Every K-3 classroom at S. G. should have one. Get them out and dust them off!
How many times have we all said, “There’s only one of me!” Using your recorder can double your teaching time: create your own audio books with a twist.
Record your own voice reading a story, but include guided instruction for the students to follow. For example, if students are learning how to write a response to something they are reading, in your recording, you can ask students to stop at certain points in the story to record informationt. If you are focusing on a reading strategy such as making connections, you can ask students to stop and discuss or write about a connection to the story. It’s like having you sit right next to them!
You can also have students create their own audio book for the classroom library. If you have a reading group working on fluency rate or expression, they can record their reading of a book. When they have mastered the rate and expression, have those students record the story and add it to the classroom library for the other students to listen to at the listening center.