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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of November 20th

posted Nov 20, 2016, 1:53 PM by Courtney Richardson

Hardest Part of Guided Reading

When I ask teachers about the most difficult part of guided reading, those who are new to guided reading almost always say, “Managing the rest of the class while I teach a small group.” It’s interesting that I almost never get that answer from teachers who have been doing guided reading for a year or more. If children are engaged in meaningful, authentic literacy activities (not worksheets), they will work on reading and writing even when you aren’t looking. In Chapter One of my new book, Next Step Forward in Guided Reading, I offer suggestions for teaching independent literacy routines.  

For experienced guided reading teachers, the hardest part of guided reading is knowing how to prompt. Use your anecdotal notes and recent assessments to identify a goal for each student. Ask, “What does this student need to do next to become a better reader?” Then prompt the student to use the strategies you’ve taught them to reach that goal. I’ve created a companion to guided reading that includes prompts, discussion starters, and teaching points for both reading and writing. It’s called The Guided Reading Teacher's Companion: Prompts, Discussion Starters & Teaching Points. You can find it on the Scholastic Teacher Store: