Hey friends…I don’t know about you, but I NEVER feel like I actually am doing Guided Reading as well as I could be. Don’t get me wrong…I try really hard, and I love that part of my day. But, as always, I could probably do a better job planning it and making sure I am keeping it rigorous enough for ALL my kiddos…not just the struggling readers. Are any of you in the same boat??!
Anyway, I made a new planning form that might encourage me to go a little more in depth! In the past, I have only written a few words…it worked, honestly. And I may go back to that. But, I want to try to plan a little bit more…here’s hoping, right! 🙂
I think it’s so important to have a schedule for your groups! I meet with my struggling readers everyday, but if I don’t have it well planned out, I will look up and haven’t met with my highest group in a week! I REALLY try to stick to my plan..if I get off, I make it up the next day. I also am a firm believer in using time when you can get it! You will see me doing Guided Reading while my kiddos are responding to reading, reading independently during Reader’s Workshop, or even working on a Social Studies activity. I have EVEN been know to keep some of more distracted learners at a corner of my table while I am doing a GR group. Is it ideal, no…but we don’t teach in an ideal world. We teach to babies that need ALL of us…each and every day.
I have to have a wall behind my table!! I use it for anchor charts for my different groups. Some of my kiddos are still struggling with their Bs and Ds, and they use those charts ALL the time. Since we are studying nonfiction, we work on that in Guided Reading a lot too! They use the anchor chart to help! 🙂 And the three posters on the right are a freebie you can find HERE!