I have taught for about 11 years and taught guided reading for 10 of the eleven years. When I first started teaching, many teachers were actually still doing whole group reading instruction with novel studies. While I think that novel studies definitely have a place in the reader’s workshop, I feel that students must be instructed in small groups to meet their individual needs as well. Working with students with disabilities for the last three years has done nothing but reinforce that belief. It has also made my teaching of reading “bag of tricks” much larger- I had no choice.
When I taught third grade I always felt like I really needed to make sure my students could read and comprehend ALL texts because many teachers feel like in fourth grade “students no longer are learning to read, but reading to learn” (I hate this phrase and philosophy by the way, but I will spare everyone my soapbox! When I heard a principal say it I about fell over).
Sooo…I decided to create a packet all about how I implement guided reading in my classroom. I started working on this in October 2012. Yes, it has taken THAT long to organize my ideas, take photographs, continually adding ideas, and then more ideas, and then more ideas!!! This packet is jammed packed with photographs (including some full page collages), examples, and just-print-and-they-are-ready to use activities! it is listed for only $10.00!!
Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website (www.mandygregory.com) and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.