I was filling in for a 3rd grade teacher, who needed to attend an assessment meeting on behalf of one of her students. When I walked in, she had me start the third of four rotations. She uses the Daily 5 framework in her classroom, so students not meeting with me were engaged in tasks such as reading to self or working on writing.
Our goals for guided reading: Expression; fluency; decoding; self-correcting. A tall order!
The group coming to me was reading a Time Warp Trio title. The students seemed motivated to dig back into this authentic text.
Not having taught guided reading in some time (I have been a principal for seven years now), I relied on what I know now – the Ongoing Cycle of Responsive Teaching:
I started the group by modeling what strong expression and accurate reading looks and sounds like. After I read a…
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