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AGift
AGift
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6/4/2018
AGift
AGift
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We have been exploring guiding reading as an instructional approach in our district. One of the pieces that we are wondering around is the frequency of meeting with students within a guided reading group. Some of our schools have been meeting in guided reading groups with every child, every day in grades K-5. Other buildings have been meeting with students in guided groups 3-5 times a week across grades K-5. We would love to hear your feedback and thinking around the frequency of engaging students in guided reading groups and best practice with scheduling guided reading groups within a literacy block. Thank you!!
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Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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6/4/2018
AGift wrote:
We have been exploring guiding reading as an instructional approach in our district. One of the pieces that we are wondering around is the frequency of meeting with students within a guided reading group. Some of our schools have been meeting in guided reading groups with every child, every day in grades K-5. Other buildings have been meeting with students in guided groups 3-5 times a week across grades K-5. We would love to hear your feedback and thinking around the frequency of engaging students in guided reading groups and best practice with scheduling guided reading groups within a literacy block. Thank you!!


I would suggest Fountas and Pinnell’s new book: Guided Reading Responsive Teaching Across the Grades as an invaluable resource for your staff. It would help determine best practices and approaches to guided reading at each grade level and inform teachers of the strategic action behaviors needed. It also helps guide teachers in management and scheduling. To answer your questions: “This book focuses on guided reading, which takes approximately 15 to 25 important minutes of a student’s day.....Most teachers find that they can hold about two to three guided reading groups per day and two or three individual conferences. If you have four reading groups, then, you might need to rotate them so that each group has at least three or four lessons per week with greater frequency for the lowest achieving readers if possible.” Five days per week is recommended for the lowest readers in your classroom. “You might decide that some students need less support and some need more.“
I hope this helps. We wish you success.

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Helenann Steensen, Official Fountas & Pinnell Consultant, Heinemann
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