I don't know where the best place to post this question is, so I thought this would be a good place to start. As the year comes to a close, I am starting to think of things that I want to change and incorporate for next year. One of those things that I would like to change, is guided reading. This is my 4th year to teach and I have been getting mixed messages about what guided reading looks like. From your posts, it looks very different from what my school is doing now. I have been told that I need to be meeting with most of my groups for 30 minutes. Half of my students have been reading below fourth grade level most of the year, until now, so meeting with them all was a must. But, that is an hour of or more of time that I need to carve out of my day. I have set up rotations and here is a sample:
9:00-9:20; guided readign with me
9:20-9:40: independent reading
9:40-10:00: computer station
10:00-10:20: meet with reading specialist
While this does allow me to get to most groups, as I read your post and the Big Blocks book, it seems like this doesn't necessarily have to be guided reading. In my school, "guided reading" means a small groups with me. But, by reading a little more, I get that it could be different. Could I suggest that you post about how you set up and handle "guided reading"? I would love to have a little but more insight and direction.
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