Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Guided Reading

Hey friends! I am very excited to be returning to the classroom to teach third grade after two FABULOUS years as an instructional coach. I have big plans to do some major overhauling of my classroom, schedule, reading program, EVERYTHING!!! I can't wait to dive in with some of the great things I have learned during my coaching days.

I have big plans to delve into my two feet tall stack of professional books this summer. I know I am biting off more than I can chew- especially since our summers seem to shrink more and more each year like a wool sweater that we just keep tossing into the dryer!! I have so much to do now that I will be teaching in the fall. I feel like I am starting over again. I will have to drag my classroom out of the garage and basement and set up shop all one more time!! It almost feels like I am a first year teacher again- the butterflies are already starting to flutter!!

Currently I am reading Guided Reading in Grades 3-6 by Mary Schulman. I am almost finished!! It has some great information in it and resources to use with my groups but I am looking for more! Do you have any book suggestions for me? How do you do Guided Reading in your classroom?


  1. I've always used Fountas and Pinnell's guided reading model, and I'm a big fan. I have tweaked it a little to make it work for me. I also use a lot of ideas from Beth Newingham's website.

  2. Thanks, Ashleigh. I love Beth's ideas too! I will have to look at the Fountas & Pinnell's guided reading model. Lots to do this summer!!

  3. Head over to to see what my plans are for Reader's workshop? I am working on planning for my first two weeks now. Will post those soon. I have found a lot of information from Beth Newingham, Angela Bunyi and


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