The summer before my first year teaching, I had a rock solid plan for my guided reading block. I knew how important literacy skills were, and I was ready.
Or so I thought...
During my first year, I was met with some big challenges. I quickly realized that, while I had learned some basics on guided reading groups in college, I was never explicitly taught what effective guided reading groups look like, let alone how to run them in my own classroom.
Why was I so focused on guided reading? Because the aim of guided reading is to create independent readers. And research shows that skilled independent readers are more skilled at writing, grammar, spelling, comprehension, and even math literacy.
Through the years, after a lot of academic and observational research and my own trial and error, I have found a system that any teacher can follow to run successful guided reading groups.
In this training, we'll talk in detail about what effective guided reading groups look like, and the exact steps you can take during guided reading to help every student in your room become a skilled independent reader.