Webinar: Guided Reading & Writing and Developing a Growth Mindset
Presenter: Lauren Reynolds, Educator, Consultant, Author
Sponsored by SDE Webinars
Total Hours: 1 (viewing and summarizing)

Lauren Reynolds presented a webinar regarding best practice in developing Guided Reading and guided Writing Groups in a K-2 classroom environment. Ms. Reynolds indicated that today’s programs follow certain principles she calls “nom-negotiables. In Reading there must be flexibility. Grouping is a key factor so children can move from one group to another as skills dictate. The teacher should limit the focus of the lesson to one reading skill or concept at a time. Some sort of assessment is needed such as Running Records, for example. Informal note taking informs instruction. Informal notes can be transcribed into a more permanent record at a later time. A leveled classroom library is a must as independent reading must be carefully matched to student reading ability. Group time with the teacher should be limited to fifteen minutes at a time. Not every group can be addressed everyday.

Guided writing follows a different format. A whole group lesson is presented that models the writing skill. Before writing, a “five minute read” emphasizing the focus of the writing should occur daily. The children need to have models of good writing. Guided writing is best facilitated in one-on-one assistance. There is no formal assessment required for writing. However, note taking when working with students should occur as in reading groups. “Focused Mini-Lessons” can guide writing in small groups. The group should consist of students who need instruction in the same skill. This allows for differentiation. It is random and fluid and in-frequent.

Reading specialists and LDT/C’s can be instrumental in assisting the classroom teacher in the process of setting up a classroom library or assisting with assessment with a tool such as DIBELS to inform instruction.