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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of September 9th

posted Sep 9, 2018, 6:29 PM by Courtney Richardson
Keep your guided reading lesson moving -- establish a brisk, lively pace that will engage and captivate your students. 

When I work with schools, I often ask teachers to share the most challenging part of their guided reading lessons. A frequent response is time. I recommend a 20-minute lesson, because I’ve found a quick pace keeps both students and teachers engaged. 
Let me share two things to keep a lively pace: 
1. First, use a timer. If you’ve seen me teach a lesson, you know I always use a timer. It keeps me on track and ensures that I cover each component of the lesson. 
2. Second tip, limit teacher talk. To maximize learning time, use very few words and a clear demonstration. The less you talk, the more they listen.