An eBook for £1.99 that can be read in under an hour and addresses every concern and dislike I have for Guided Reading AND offers solutions that have 'worked' for the author... I'd buy it. And I did!
This is a simple guide book, Stephen clearly sets out all the reasons why Guided Reading and its dreary carousel doesn't work. Why it is, as he calls it, broken; and most importantly how he went about trying to rectify this with his class.
What follows is Stephen's step by step guidance on how to minimise planning and preparation, for maximum effort (on behalf of the children) and for revitalising the process into 20-25 minutes that makes a real difference to children's ability to read, comprehend, analyse, compare and contrast texts and text types.
Group the children by ability (but make this VERY flexible), and follow an activity pattern of Identify, Compare, Contrast, Apply, and read aloud in a variety of ways which keep the children on the ball. For more details, obviously you need to read the book!
I will be honest enough to say that Guided Reading as a carousel has been something I have hated for sometime and while I have tried to do something about it I haven't quite found a way that has done it for me, to the point of giving it up in favour of Whole Class Reading last year. This book has given me enough to consider to make me try again, and if not back to a Guided Reading grouped approach, there is a lot that I can endeavour to put into my Whole Class teaching.
For a book that I read in about 45-50 minutes there is much to go back to and re-read, things to highlight and ideas to try out.
Will it influence what I do?
Yes - this book addresses all the things I wanted to address, but some of the thinking process has been done for me, at least in part..
Oops! Helping Children Learn Accidentally. - Hywel Roberts (@HYWEL_ROBERTS)