Wow!! Thank you so much for all your responses.
Here is what the results showed.
1. How do you feel about your current guided reading program?
2. Describe what you believe guided reading to be.
- teaching strategies to improve comprehension and fluency
- teaching students to become solid, fluent, comprehending readers
- small group instruction based on reading concepts already taught in class
- teaching students in small groups at their instructional level
- providing rich opportunities in a small group setting to help them be successful and move them onto the next level
- a time for readers to take on responsibility for utilizing skills and strategies already taught during whole class lessons
- a time to bring readers with a common need together to work on a common goal
- what every student individually needs to make them successful in reading
- guided instruction on word attack and comprehension strategies
- a well thought-out plan for engaging students with text to encourage independent thinking, discussion and metacognitive skill development
- it's ultimate purpose to develop effective, independent readers who comprehend deeply, broadly and critically
3. How often during a 5 day week do you implement guiding
reading into your literacy program?
4. Do you have to use a mandated guided reading program in your classroom?
- Continuum for Literacy Learning by Fountas and Pinell
5. Do you have any other professional books on guided reading to recommend?
I think we will save this juicy topic for it's own post!
6. What are your goals for participating in this book study?
- Become better at leading my struggling students to grow as readers
- To actually make the most of the given minutes i have, give myself a focus for each group
- As a K-5 Literacy Coach, my goal is to help teachers create a manageable system for guided reading and how to utilize the short time that we have with each group to maximize student learning
- To find out how to do something better; to collaborate with others to find out what works in their classrooms and what doesn't work; activities to do to keep the rest of the class busy while working with individual groups
- To be more effective in my approach to guided reading. I feel like my instruction is disorganized and very haphazard. Don't feel like what I'm doing is very effective
- As a mentor literacy teacher (and long-time former instructor for the OISE Reading Specialist course) I continue to enjoy and learn from professional dialogue on this subject
- Help me not feel so lost. After 7 years, I still feel like I don't truly know if I am doing what best helps my students. I am much more confident in math and science. Reading is not my strong suit
- To figure out a better way to organize my thinking....
Well, that is a lot to think about. A lot! I hope that the book study is everything for everybody, but if I have learned anything from my years as a teacher it's what you make of it. Post about the book. Comment on each other's posts. Ask questions. Post again. Help each other as much as possible. And of course, have fun!