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Guided Reading – It’s not new, but it still works! You have a small group of students, you give them a challenging text, and you support them as they read through it.
Over the years guided reading has taken on various coats and appearances, but we know one thing for sure. It works.
Guided reading works because…
However, not all guided reading methods work the same! Some methods of guided reading really work better than others.
Here are four ways to transform stagnant guided reading lessons into next generation guided reading.
Transform your guided reading with these 4 strategies! #elachatClick To Tweet
Just be done with the whole class lesson…at least for many of your lessons. Why?
Struggling students don’t get much from whole class lessons. The pacing doesn’t meet their unique needs. One student didn’t get a confusion clarified. Another student wasn’t affirmed during the practice. Whole class lessons suffer for many reasons.
Accelerated students don’t need whole class lessons at length and in detail. For them, just explain, model in read alouds, model in shared reading (which is the most important reading strategy read here to see why), and they’re off!
Move the direct instruction into your guided reading. Extend the guided reading time from 10-15 minutes to 20 minutes. Follow this simple template:
That will give you way more impact for your time!
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It’s guided reading, not show and tell. That means stop telling them what to do. Telling creates dependence. It also creates unhappy teachers (read about How to Be A Happier Teacher).
The purpose of guided reading is to create independent readers. We want readers who can fluently apply the reading process – on their own.
Guided reading is their chance to apply the reading process with your support nearby. It is also a time for students to receive scaffolding on a text that is at their instructional reading level (get a free reading level chart here).
Follow these steps to empower your readers to use their strategies:
You can’t do these things by constantly telling young readers what to do. Guided them. That’s why it’s guided reading.
Guided Reading is at its best when the teacher stops telling. #elachatClick To Tweet
The research is clear – reciprocal teaching is one of the strongest strategies to produce student learning. It makes sense to guide students through the reciprocal process (see more about effective instruction).
With your guidance, students will internalize four strategies that all good readers use:
You can help students lead their own reciprocal reading groups. You can guide students through these four strategies during guided reading. Take turns letting each student predict, clarify, question, and summarize.
Only a few weeks is needed (depending on age). Then students can use these strategies with peers without your support. The ultimate aim would be for independent readers to use these reading strategies.
Yes, it is difficult. Most students can tell you the literal meaning of what they read. They can literally retell the details. But inferential thinking is more challenging.
Read about this awesome making inferences test prep strategy!
Predicting, inferring, and drawing conclusions require students to think beyond the text. What better time is there for students to be asked tough inferential questions than right there in your guided reading group?
Too many questions are focused on word meaning and literal recall. This is the time to let students practice the tough comprehension skills. You are there to support. With your help, they will build these skills!
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