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.
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.
I would love to hear any tips you have for organizing guided reading groups.
Thank you, and have a great weekend!