Using Effective Classroom Practice
What is Guided Reading?
Guided reading is a integral part to your classroom's reading plan. It is a process where a teacher sits down with 4-5 students and allows the students to read to them one-on-one while working on strategies, meaning making, decoding, and comprehension. This is a crucial time for students to get individual instruction with the teacher and learn new strategies to put in their "tool belt" to use independently.
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What should it look like?
Before reading, the teacher previews the book and topic of the lesson with the students. During the lesson, the students are asked to whisper read to the teacher for the teacher to hear the student's struggles. This way the teacher can work one on one with the student during this time. After the lesson, it is a great idea to have the students discuss with one another what strategies the teacher worked on one-on-one with them. This way, students are learning multiple strategies to use. The goal of guided reading is to teach students new strategies to use while independent reading to help decode and make meaning with the text.
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It is imperative for teachers to create an environment where students feel accepted, not rushed, and feel as if they are in a judgment free zone. Other students in the class should be independently working on reading activities that are improving their reading strategies as well. Using guided reading in a before, during, and after reading format is the most effective way to conduct this process.
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