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How I Use a 2-Binder System To Stay Organized for Guided Reading

How I Use a 2-Binder System To Stay Organized for Guided Reading

Isn’t it funny how guided reading lessons can take FOREVER to plan? One guided reading lesson is relatively short, and the time just flies by. But preparing for it can certainly be time-consuming! When I’m working with groups at different levels (which is…always), it’s hard to keep everything straight. Sometimes I forget which strategy I want…Continue Reading

5 Mistakes I’ve Made When Teaching Guided Reading

5 Mistakes I’ve Made When Teaching Guided Reading

Teaching is all about making decisions. Decision…after decision…after decision. Research indicates that teachers make a few thousand instructional decisions in ONE school day. Whoa! Inevitably, we’re all going to make some decisions that we later regret or second-guess. I make mistakes ALL the time. I just choose to view them as learning opportunities for myself.…Continue Reading

Two Must-Teach Types of Guided Reading Lessons That Promote Student Independence

Two Must-Teach Types of Guided Reading Lessons That Promote Student Independence

What I do with students during guided reading varies (a bit) from lesson to lesson. Generally, however, my guided reading lessons tend to fit into one of two categories: Anchor lesson Student-driven lesson Categorizing my lessons this way has been SO helpful to me. It’s allowed me to release more responsibility to my students. In turn, they’ve become…Continue Reading

How To Create Continuity Throughout Your K-2 Literacy Block With Skill Continuums

How To Create Continuity Throughout Your K-2 Literacy Block With Skill Continuums

Let’s compare two scenarios – each one takes place in a first grade classroom, during the literacy block: Teacher A’s Classroom: Teacher A teaches a whole-group lesson on inferring character traits, using a familiar readaloud. Teacher A meets with a guided reading group. The focus strategy is reading in smooth, fluent phrases. Teach A meets with another…Continue Reading

How To Build Reading Confidence in Pre-Readers

How To Build Reading Confidence in Pre-Readers

If you teach Kindergarten or first grade, you probably spend time working with students who are pre-readers – who can’t yet read traditionally. We spend a lot of time teaching letter sounds, simple sight words, and basic skills to those kiddos. All of this is good, but they also need to have experiences reading real…Continue Reading

10 Posts About Implementing Reading and Writing Workshop In The Primary Grades

10 Posts About Implementing Reading and Writing Workshop In The Primary Grades

Hey there! Over the past couple of months, I’ve hosted several free online workshops on implementing reading and writing workshop (find future workshops HERE). Personally, when I attend a workshop, I don’t absorb all of the information at once. I also like to have something written down that I can return to. So today’s post is very simple –…Continue Reading

What Is a Reading Workshop Minilesson?

What Is a Reading Workshop Minilesson?

In last week’s post, I described what reading workshop is and how it can be modified to work in primary classrooms. Today I’m going to go more in-depth on an essential component of reading workshop: the minilesson. In today’s post, I’ll discuss the structure of a minilesson and how to figure out what to teach…Continue Reading