During every guided reading lesson, you should witness shifts in your students’ processing. They might learn a new way to take a word apart or take on self-monitoring for visual information. How do these shifts occur? Shifts happen because of careful teacher observation, explicit demonstration, appropriate prompting, and a gradual release of teacher scaffolding. If a student does something today with your help, he or she should be able to do it tomorrow without your help. “Scaffolding (a critical component of guided reading) involves the provision of temporary supports that allow students to successfully accomplish a task that is too challenging for them to accomplish on their own” (Lipson & Wixson, 2010, Successful Approaches to RTI. p 35).
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