Friday, November 6, 2015

Organizing Reading Groups

Today, I would like to share a little about how I organize my readers into guided reading groups.

I am a huge believer in students taking charge of their own learning whenever possible.  My first several guided reading skills groups come from student-selected topics.  I post several skills on the SMART Board, and students sign up for which area they feel they need to work on.

Some of these groups meet several times, while others only meet once.  I first heard this idea from Franki Sibberson's awesome book, Day to Day Assessment in the Reading Workshop.  I love this idea because students are able to see that the purpose of guided reading groups are to help them grow as a reader.

As the year progresses, I try to keep track of students' strengths and weaknesses through conferencing, daily work, Benchmark Assessments, and reading letters.  Recently, I created a new form to track my groups.  So far, it has worked out quite nicely.

I just keep a running list of students who need to work on a particular skill. Sometimes, I try to address these with conferences, and other times through groups.  My biggest obstacle is definitely time.  I am trying to get better at keeping my reading groups and conferences short and focused. This year I have improved, but I will keep working on it!

I added this form to my (updated) guided reading planning sheet (a freebie in my TPT store).  

You can download both forms by clicking here.

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I would love to hear any tips you have for organizing guided reading groups.

Thank you, and have a great weekend!