With the high needs of your students, it sounds like it would be too much trying to get in one-on-one conferences and daily guided reading groups. I do this, but I don't need to meet with my groups frequently like you do.
I would just start with trying to utilize 20 minutes during your current block, 2 or 3 times a week to get an understanding of how helpful one-on-one conferences are. I get to address all my concerns in a positive way each week with my students. That is very powerful!
And I love sharing books, so here is one I really like:
On Solid Ground by Sharon Taberski. She used (retired now) a rotating basis of reading groups and conferences. Very detailed information.
And I need to pull out my Great BamBunyi stuff (we are on break right now). It's silly, but we had a blast with it. :)
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