I am pumped to share some ideas on how you can still implement small groups, no matter your teaching situation. First, have grace (like a lot of it) with yourself as you are finding your groove. Guided reading is going to look different than in the past, and that is okay. Different is expected. Students can still receive a rich, quality lesson... different does not mean inadequate. Teaching In-Person - "Roomies" If you are teaching guided reading small groups in-person, here are my suggestions ... Read More about Guided Reading Small Groups: Face-to-Face vs. Virtual
Guided reading involves a teacher working with a small group of students. This is an instructional approach where the teacher provides a text to 3-6 students. The text should be at a level right above that of which the child can read independently. The teacher should provide support and adequate coaching, teaching the readers to use problem-solving techniques and strategies while reading. The Goal of Guided Reading The goal of guided reading is to support the reader and lead him/her to a ... Read More about Guided Reading: What is it?
My biggest sigh of relief happened when I first realized that in-person strategies could absolutely be implemented virtually with a bit of creative tweaking! I am here to share some ways I made distance learning work for me that you can literally begin using today; and if you ever merge back into a setting like it, you will have few worries about how to keep students involved in your lessons! Strategy 1: Discussion Frontload This may not always be possible, but when I could plan accordingly ... Read More about 7 Student Engagement Strategies for Remote Learning
If you are trying to think about how you will engage your students in this upcoming school year, think no longer! Teachers are some of the most creative people out there! Present us a challenge - we will CRUSH it! The number of activities you could browse for back-to-school are endless, but I want to share some of my favorites that can be done in-person or virtually to get to know your students! Number 1: This or That / Would You Rather... Not only are these games super fun for kids, but you ... Read More about 6 Getting-To-Know-You Activities for Back-to-School
For years, and I mean years, I tried a variety of ways to store my guided reading and reading center activities. It was not until the 2018-2019 school year that I took some time the summer before school started to organize my materials in a more functional way. I love the neatness of a binder or the storage drawers, but I know myself. Out of sight, out of mind... and that is exactly what always happened. I needed a way to keep my materials handy and visual. Then a-ha! It is simple but so ... Read More about A Guided Reading Organization System That Works