What Is Guided Reading?

Learn what guided reading is from reading specialist Anne Glass in this Howcast video.

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Hi. my name is Anne Glass. I'm a reading and learning specialist at a private school in New York City and I work with Kindergarteners through 3rd graders on Reading, Word Study, and Writing Skills. In addition to be a reading specialist and learning specialist, I'm also a parent and today I'm going to talk to you about topics in reading Guided reading refers to a method of reading instruction which one teacher will work with a small group of students, usually about 4 or 5, all reading the same text. This will be a book the teacher has selected that is going to be on the level of all the students in the group. Which also suggest another thing about guided reading? That these are homogenous groupings, they are not heterogynous, but they are based on the level of reading that each of the students is at in that group. The teacher will select a text and the students will take turns reading round robin style, with the teacher monitoring for accurate decoding and fluency. She might also interrupt periodically to ask questions about comprehending the text. Students will take turns reading a page or two at a time depending on the text that they are reading, and will often have to answer questions or have a discussion about the text at the end of the guided reading session. Guided reading sessions generally last about 15 to 20 minutes. Guided reading is a great way for class room teachers to give individual attentions to their students and have an opportunity for the to read orally, which often doesn't happen in a class of 20 or 25 with one teacher. While the guided reading class is going on the rest of the class can be reading independently and guided reading groups can happen on a rotational basis so that one day your child might be reading independently and on another day maybe once or twice a week he's getting a guided reading session with an instructor.

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  • Anne Glass

    Anne Glass is a reading and learning specialist at a private school in New York City where she works with kindergartners through third graders on reading, word study, and writing skills. She has two Master's degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University in learning disabilities and reading. Anne also teaches graduate students in the Department of Special Education at a New York City university.