I thought I should explain to you about my thoughts on Guided Reading. First and foremost, tons of people call their reading Guided Reading. However, when I speak those terms I refer ONLY to the Guided Reading as described by the experts Fountas & Pinnell. The focus of their groups is on strategies and strategy usage. Some essentials:
- Students are grouped based on ability, but these groups are fluid. Students change groups as needed and aren’t just stuck in the same group.
- Minilessons focus on strategy usage and point out a few key features of the text to help students be successful.
- Students read independently using the strategies that have been taught. The teacher monitors the students and helps when needed, but that help is again focused on strategies of some kind.
- After reading, students discuss the strategies they used to reinforce their learning.