On page 66, guided reading is described as an essential part of instruction for beginning readers. However, class size does not always permit the amount of time it takes to provide everyone with an adequate amount of time to participate in this type of instruction. The guide on this page will help teachers to ensure that each child is able to have a guided reading session at least once every two weeks.
In chapter five, small group settings provide a way to group different children according to ability level, in homogeneous groups, flexible groups, and "deployment" or sending students out to get more individualized attention. Once children are grouped, teachers can hone in on guided reading with like minded or a mixed group of ability levels.
A closer look at guided reading: this is a video of guided reading in the classroom and its importance. Learn tips and strategies that you can utilize in your own classroom. Perhaps the best part of her method is how the teacher encourages students and focuses on strengths during their struggles, helping students to feel more confident. Jenna has stronger readers practice independently while she works quietly with other students who need more attention and assistance.
Before participating in guided reading, teachers should prepare by assessing student ability levels, looking for trends, selecting an engaging and relatable text, and prepare a schedule. Then follow the general structure listed here to help guide you in your guided reading technique to foster independence and growth.
By providing support for beginning readers, teachers can work in small group settings with students to work on individualized progress. Before getting started, teachers can introduce the material, including vocabulary that they may come across, the plot of the book, and strategies for reading including sounding out words and using context clues. Then, guide students, and encourage them during and after the process.