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Guided Reading Blueprint: 9 Steps to Creating Independent Readers Part 1

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Guided Reading Blueprint: 9 Steps to Creating Independent Readers Part 1

  Guided reading is a crucial part of our reading block. It's a time to work with individual students to build their reading comprehension skills and add strategies to their toolbox. (Talk about pressure.)  So how do we do it? I'm going to lay out the exact steps you can take to make the most of your guided reading groups. I will give you the blueprint you need to set up and run your reading groups. There is SO much information out there that I'm going to break it up into three parts.  Reading researchers and guided reading gurus Fountas...

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What Does Effective Guided Reading Look Like?

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What Does Effective Guided Reading Look Like?

Guided reading is a crucial part of our literacy blocks. It's our time as teachers to work individually or in small groups with students to improve their reading skills and comprehension. That sounds nice, but what does that really mean?  Let’s begin by defining what guided reading actually is. Guided reading is a small group instructional model where students move from high teacher support to full control of the reading process. A text is selected specifically to provide just the right amount of challenge and it is possible to address individual student needs in a powerful way. It also allows...

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13 Classroom Desk Arrangements To Try In Your Room

13 Classroom Desk Arrangements To Try In Your Room

When it came to desk arrangements in my room, I was constantly at two different ends of the spectrum. I either loved an arrangement and used it all year, or I kept trying to switch it up and was never satisfied. So many factors go into a seemingly simple part of your classroom. That years group of kids (including their personalities, behaviors, and mannerisms), the amount of new material you need to store, how many kids you have, what other furniture is inside your room and more.  Desk arrangements are important in organizing and managing your classroom. How you set...

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Classroom Expectation Posters: Setting the Right Tone for Your Classroom

Classroom Expectation Posters: Setting the Right Tone for Your Classroom

Creating clear expectations for your classroom is crucial in setting up the right routines and procedures. But, did you also know that it can set the tone of your room? The feeling and mood of your room can have just as big of an impact on student behavior and achievement as the seating, rules, and routines.  So how do you do that? I am a firm believer in explicitly teaching your expectations. That way your students know exactly what is required of them as a member of the classroom community. Many times we spend our (very precious) minutes on teaching...

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Me Bags for the First Week of School

Me Bags for the First Week of School

  I was lucky enough to be able to observe my aunt (a 6th grade teacher) on multiple occasions. She is definitely what you'd call a master teacher. She has a rapport with her students that is unmatched. She has a passion for her job and never ends. She has creativity seeping out of every pore.  During my college days, I was extremely stressed about what to do on the first day of school. How do you welcome the students into your room? What do you cover first? Second? Third? My aunt was kind enough to let me come observe...

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