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Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Ultimate Guided Reading How-to-Book - Gail Saunders-Smith

I feel with my recent books 
I've been reading
people are going to think 
I'm a horrible teacher
since I'm reading all these 
"how-to-books".

I loved the last two books I read.
They gave me some new ideas 
and insights.
And since
Guided Reading is one of those
things every teacher 
teaches differently,
I thought I'd see some other options.

Last year,
the school I worked at 
was very strict with the way they wanted
guided reading done.
This year,
I met a teacher who doesn't do groups.
Instead she sits with each child
and they read what they are reading.

Children develop reading skills 
at different rates.
The idea of guided reading
is for the teacher to work with small groups of children
to target their specific needs and strengths.

Some of the points looked at are:
* Getting to know your students as readers
* Making the most of group instruction time
* Organising groups by readiness levels
* Selecting text appropriate for the abilities of the students in each group




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