Learning from Reading Recovery
As many of you know, I was trained as a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader. Although there are differences between guided reading and Reading Recovery, the two approaches share the same goal: to provide responsive teaching that builds on a child’s strengths and teaches him or her how to be a better reader. An important lesson from Reading Recovery that we can apply to guided reading is to create echoes across the lesson. This is especially true in word study. Whatever skills you teach during the word study portion of the lesson should be reinforced in the reading and writing portions of the lesson. For example, if you targeted hearing short vowels during word study, you need to prompt children to say words slowly during guided writing and record the short vowel sound correctly. If you showed children how to break apart words with blends during Making Words, the children should be prompted to apply that same skill to problem-solve words with blends during reading and writing. Creating echoes across the guided reading lesson will help children internalize the skills and strategies you teach.
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