Category Archives: Reading

How To Use ReadWorks Digital To Create Engaging, Differentiated Independent Work For Your Primary Students

How To Use ReadWorks Digital To Create Engaging, Differentiated Independent Work For Your Primary Students

Finding independent work or centers activities for the primary grades can be really difficult! Sure, there are plenty of great ideas out there. But it’s not always easy to find something that a) students can complete independently and b) is meaningful and engaging. And I’m a big believer in having students read and write as much…Continue Reading

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 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

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

What Does Reading Workshop Look Like In The Primary Grades?

What Does Reading Workshop Look Like In The Primary Grades?

Thinking about implementing the reading workshop approach in your K-2 classroom? You’re in the right place! In this post, I’ll explain what reading workshop is, what it can consist of, and how to make it work with our youngest students! Photo Credt; Sergiy Bykhuneko, Shutterstock What is reading workshop? Reading workshop looks different in different districts,…Continue Reading

GRO: The Must-Have App For Teaching Guided Reading

GRO: The Must-Have App For Teaching Guided Reading

When Amanda Duke told her husband about a strategy she’d learned for taking guided reading notes, he was shocked. Take notes on sticky notes and then attach them to sheets of paper? It didn’t sound practical or professional to him. And Amanda agreed. As a Kindergarten and first grade teacher, she’s always loved teaching guided reading.…Continue Reading