June 28, 2015 at 2:38 am #60653
Whilst you are instructing reading with a small group, the other children should be working on activities that will improve their reading. The activity depends on the child’s reading instruction level (I use PM Benchmarking Levels), e.g. Level 3 children need more work on to increase their sight word knowledge, whilst Level 11 children may be working on blends. You should make sure that you give the children a variety of activities to develop vocabulary, comprehension, phonics, sight words and grammar. You will need to teach the children to work in groups first.
June 28, 2015 at 2:38 am #60654
Thanks for you question…
Yes, while I am doing Guided Reading – the other children are working in groups (usually with parent help)…
You can view the overview of a ‘typical year one day’ I put together recently to see how I would do this…(very basic overview)
Only did guided reading 2 times per week with 3 groups. Usually had parent help with the ‘trickier’ activities but children were taught and practiced working in small groups quietly for other such as ‘silent reading’ and word card activities, computer etc. (had a group leader who reported etc…)
Here is the Year One (also good for other years) overview page….
June 28, 2015 at 2:38 am #60655
I love the look of your guided reading sessions and mine are more or less the same. I only wish I had more uninterrupted time to do these literacy and numeracy sessions properly. We have so many other things to deal with it is almost impossible to get a half hour session in. Any more time than that is pure fantasy.
June 28, 2015 at 2:38 am #60656
Thanks soooooooooooooo much Donna for that insight. This coming year I will be teaching a remedial class for the first time and have been looking for ideas on how to structure my schedule or timetable . Your page has been a huge help but do you have any more ideas on how I can begin my programme? These are Grade Three who are unable to read. Thanks from desperate Ansea.
June 28, 2015 at 2:38 am #60657
What do you think about the kids having to read the book together at the same time. One of our teachers is adamant on this, however the kids go at different paces and I’m finding it difficult to follow this principle.
June 28, 2015 at 2:38 am #60658
Just in reply to the first comment (by anonymous), I used to do the “round robin” thing and I’ve tried choral reading also, but this year we have tried just reading at your own pace. So all students (after orientation) return to their desks and just read their text twice, out loud to themselves and at their own pace.
It’s a great opportunity to walk around and listen to kids reading. It is noisier than usual but I have found it to be really effective. The noise level doesn’t bother anyone as it’s productive noise.
This term we’ve just focussed on whole class teaching of strategies and each group working on an activity targeted at their needs. I have never felt guided reading to be more effective than it has been this year so far.
Hope that helps 🙂
June 28, 2015 at 2:38 am #60659
I am actually not teaching at the moment and I am afraid I am a little rusty – however, I am sure that some ‘active’ teachers can help you – I will start another thread with the question also Kim…
June 28, 2015 at 2:38 am #60660
Try Margaret Menner great resource the books are full of games and the web site is full of helpful hints.
June 28, 2015 at 2:38 am #60661
I like your insight in this, where did you find this information i would like to know more about it and what i should be focusing on for levels below 10 below 20 and 20 and above. Any suggestions.
June 28, 2015 at 2:38 am #60662
I like to divide the class into small groups to read and come-up with questions. After each group have finished the reading then we regroup into whole and exchange the questions with the other groups. The other group will answer the questions accordingly and at the end we all listen to each group answers. This will give students the opportunity to comprehend what they read.
June 28, 2015 at 2:38 am #60663
Donna, do you track your students in anyway during or after GR? I would love to know how you organise it if you do?
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