Session 104: What happens in your Guided Reading sessions?

Session Summary

The discussion started with teachers sharing the organisation of their sessions. Most schools timetable GR over the day and some schools do this during the morning. It was suggested if GR isn’t timetabled it is often one of the first things to fall off the edge.

Typically a session included a teacher focus group, (sometimes a TA group too) a group reading own material, peer reading, and follow up activities. In younger classes, children use the role play, word of the week, phoneme of the day and project tasks.  It was clear “”round robin”” was a thing of the past and a more effective way, if reading same passage, was to scoot around the group and listen to them individually.

The quality of reading material is a factor in engaging the children and keeping our bookshelves relevant and up to date is key. But there lies a funding issue, how many schools are given sufficient amounts of money to do this?

Evidencing children’s progress was mentioned and most people fill out some kind of proforma, possibly including AF’s, but if you’re writing are you paying close enough attention to the group? @DidgeH suggested video them.

Links to resources and ideas;

  • @tomhenzley uses Scholastic Connectors
  • @Miss_kitchen uses School link resources for Reading Journals
  • @jd_debs uses Oxford Owl
  • @smammz uses Comics for phonics
  • @renoonog37 mentioned “”Ultimate book banding””
  • @lisa_uk_com uses
  • @Miss_Kitchen also uses Scholastic read and respond books for follow up work

It was interesting to hear how ICT is used during these sessions and several suggestions were made about using IPads, Kindles and other web based resources, quadblogging is used in some schools.

Digital Texts

  • @PrimaryEnglish suggest using
  • @tmeeky said he got reluctant boy readers building 3d narratives/retellings using Kudo
  • @MrG_ICT talk of using the Kindle on the IWB

Reciprocal Reading is a strategy used in some schools, my own included, and I personally feel it’s very effective in engaging children and also giving them the skills to read texts with a fresh pair of eyes.

Very briefly;
Before Reciprocal Teaching can be used successfully by your students, they need to have been taught and had time to practice the four strategies that are used in reciprocal teaching (summarizing, questioning, predicting, clarifying)
Visit via @bekblayton for further explanation and the following links;

  • @stueyteach1 suggests reading @nickotkdlV blog
  • @QueenyPrior suggests reading this blog
  • Free cards; via @Tishylishy
  • Book: Reciprocal Teaching via @Stueyteach1
  • @PrimaryEnglish asked if schools had developed their own “”Literary Spine”” here are a couple of links:
  • TES resource

The chat seemed to generate a lot of sharing of ideas and resources, and the majority of tweeters appeared to have an effective Guided Reading system in place. The environment is key, some classes having reading spaces, not just a class library/corner. Being read to was mentioned several times, children need to see their role models reading and enjoying literature. Share a class novel/picture book to enthuse and engage.

Personally I think it’s well worth having a look at what our American and Canadian colleagues are doing, whilst we don’t follow the same curriculum, they have some excellent ideas for reading sessions.

via @judykmck Daily5/CAFE

If you have a spare couple of minutes, check out this via @tmeeky It doesn’t need an introduction

and finally

@tas_sasso Children need to be trained as to how a GR session works and each group needs focused specific tasks. Takes time

@renoonog37: Loads of fab resources on line

@ictmagic Guided reading so often is an add-on and should be embedded & aligned with class work when possible.

@tmeeky My point is that GR is failing if pupils don’t come away stimulated, inspired to read a little more than they did

@MrG_ICT Kindle for pc really does work. sadly a lot of books not on kindle yet but plenty are. Even remembers what page you are on.

…and this made me chuckle

@ikeontoast very late thought! My mum and dad used to pay me 1p a page to read! I started to read as big a book as possible! It worked though

@MiltonSchwarz As a class of bloggers, my children are reading and writing from 7am to 9pm. Much more motivated to progress as readers to partake

@Tishylishy My real name is Lisa Warner (as a little girl my entire family called me Tish, some still do!)
I have been teaching since 1998 and spent most of my time in Early Years and Year 1. I am about to finish my first year in Y4 and can honestly say it’s been amazing, helped along by the talented 8 year olds I spend most days with.
I lead ICT and Creative Curriculum in a school based in Leeds.
I’ve been on Twitter less than a year and it’s been the best from of CPD I’ve been involved in.

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