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Assessment During Individualized Daily Reading (IDR): Small Group Instruction

By Beth Newingham on May 31, 2013
  • Grades: 3–5

As part of my Reading Workshop assessment, I meet with students in small groups to conduct guided reading lessons and strategy lessons on a regular basis.

For each group that I meet with, I keep assessment labels with each student's name and the title of the book we will be reading on a clipboard.  I keep the clipboard with me the entire time I am teaching the lesson.

As I teach the lesson, I listen to students whisper read individually to me during the lesson, and I also listen to them discuss the text. I quickly jot down anything that I notice on each student's label. I will not necessarily fill out an entire label for each child each time we meet for a guided reading lesson. However, it was important to me that my labels provide a place to record fluency, comprehension, and general comments when I observe anything that falls into one of those categories. At times I find it hard to write and teach the lesson, so I often take a few minutes after I meet with each group to jot down my observations.

Again, these notes are used to guide my future teaching. Many of my future mini-lessons, strategy lessons, and individual conferences will focus on the things I notice during guided reading.

Download Guided Reading Labels (They should be printed on 3 1/3 in. x 4 in. labels.)

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What do you do with the labels after you've recorded the information?

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