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What is Guided Reading?

Hello welcome to, "What is Guided Reading?". I am sure you have heard about many various reading techniques for teaching our students how to decipher print and become better readers and writers. You are probably wondering, what is so fantastic about Guided Reading? Guided Reading is a strategy, which involves the teacher working with small groups of homogeneous students. The groups are ever changing. The teacher continuously monitors and evaluates the individual student's level of comprehending and reading ability. She does this through various assessment techniques including running records. Through this program the students are immersed in reading and writing by both trade books and literature books. The most beneficial aspect of the Guided Reading program is that the students are continually moved up or given extra help in developing their reading skills. By working with small groups, the teacher is able to individualize instruction. She can now meet the needs of all of her students. I have seen the benefits of a Guided Reading program in action. I hope you will take time to learn more about this dynamic process in helping our children to become better readers and writers!

Want to find out more?

Heinemann Home Page: Order the book Guided Reading and preview other helpful books
The Teacher's Role: Teachers implement strageties
Guided Reading Resource Page: Great summary of the Guided Reading program plus links to other informative sights
Guided Reading Paperbacks: Lesson plans to use when reading from paperback books
Teaching Reading: Outlines California's plan for a balanced literacy program, contains the strategies based in Guided Reading
Teacher On line chats about topics including Guided Reading
Guided Reading and Thinking: Contains lesson plans
Heinemann Workshops: Lists dates and times for workshops on Guided Reading
Using Literature To Teach Reading: Eric Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication
Program Under Construction: One model of an early literacy program
Teacher's Net: Share lesson plans and chat with other teachers
What Isn't Wrong With Reading: Seven Myths About Literacy in the United States
Literacy And Langauge: Outlines many helpful hints for teachers
Guided Reading Lessons: Bridges to successful reading
Traits of an Effective Reader: Research that details six traits that effective readers possess

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