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    Guided Reading
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    I loved teaching reading, especially if it's orchestrated correctly. I just saw a new book out by Kathy Collins, Growing Readers: Units of Study in Primary Classrooms that I plan to order. I thought Regie Routman books were helpful. I used her Conversations book until it was worn out. You can find that used on Amazon.

    Reading to students, allowing them time to read books of their choice, and word study to me were easy to teach. Guided reading, juggling small groups in the time frame you are given is more difficult. In guided reading you are listening to(or observing) them read (orally, chorally, silently, shared) and check to see if they understand the meaning. I divide the book into thirds: beginning, middle and end. Clothespins help. They predict, question, reread and summarize routinely. Each book lends itself to a different set of skills and vocabulary. Plan your focus so you aren't overwhelmed trying to teach too many from the same book. Making connections between the pictures and the text is crucial in the early grades. Vary your strategies and keep your enthusiam high. Keep reading about teaching reading but don't forget to breathe and leave some time for your own reading pleasure. Hope that helps.

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