Guided Reading: The Romance and the Reality
In this article, published in The Reading Teacher Vol. 66 Issue 4 Dec 2012 / Jan 2013, Fountas and Pinnell examine the growth and impact of guided reading, small group teaching for differentiated instruction in reading that was inspired by their early publications. Guided reading has shifted the lens in the teaching of reading to a focus on a deeper understanding of how readers build effective processing systems over time and an examination of the critical role of texts and expert teaching in the process. The exciting romance with guided reading is well underway, and the reality is that continuous professional learning is needed to ensure that this instructional approach is powerful.