What is your guided reading routine? How do your lessons connect? Is there flow from whole group to small group to work stations? Today, I’m going to share five little tricks to help you get the most out of your guided reading block.
Go Beyond the Basal
Let’s start with the whole group section of your ELA block. How is it structured? Do you typically teach from a Smartboard, use a basal reader, or work from the carpet? Which is best? So many teachers wonder with so much content to teach, how to manage it all. Additionally, you may hear different directives from administrators which leaves you feeling unsure of which is preferred.
Use Your Basal as a Starting Point
Make Connections between Lessons
If you have been following my blog, there is probably no question as to how I feel about thematic teaching and the importance of making lessons connect. Now, in my division, this is an expectation. We are asked to have a common thread as we move from whole group to small group and then to stations. If visualizing is the skill taught in a whole group setting, it is practiced in small group and independently practiced in the work station. As we select materials, we can increase retention of concepts if the materials are on a common theme.