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    By BookMuncher

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    Most things I'm reading right now say that we really meet too long for guided reading. Lucy Caulkins and Regie Routman's books both agree that you only need to meet with one or two groups a day. If you're doing reader's workshop, then you can put a strategy group during it or a guided reading group, plus you are individually conferring with the kids every single day. I find that I get much more valuable insight from the reader's workshop piece than guided reading. I keep guided reading in my schedule more as a "monitoring" piece so that at least weekly, I am hearing all my kids read and am observing how or if they are using strategies and skills.

    Also, something I found interesting was that Caulkins said that she visits so many classrooms where teachers are meeting with group after group after group while their kids are engaged in literacy centers. She says that kids won't view literacy centers as valuable if they do not see their teacher engaged in them. For that reason, I plan on possibly meeting with a guided reading group during Reader's Club, and then circulating and conferring with these groups for the other 15 minutes. Then, during my reader's workshop, I'll pull another guided reading group and then confer for the rest of the time. This way, I have my hands in both parts of the day. (And really-- I'll proably see every group twice a week)

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