Monday, October 5, 2009
BreOnna Byers Guided Reading
I choose the clip, Guided Reading Example. I choose this one because the child was reading a bigger book than, and seemed to be middle school aged which I have not seen yet. The instructor in the video started out much like the one in the video we watched in class. Asking the student what they thought the story might be about based on the books cover. She then had the student read aloud. At certain points throughout she would stop the student and ask her if she could tell her what was going on at that point in the story. She would focus in on a particular sentence or paragraph and ask why the author might have used that wording, or technique. She then stopped her about a third of the way through. I found it very interesting that they didn’t read the whole book, however, the instructor did point out that they would come back to it just not finish it all in one setting. Then the instructor said the student would do some kind of literary task to connect with the book. This task did not always have to be writing a story, as she pointed out, but could be making a poster or something similar. I thought this was a good alternative to doing a worksheet like shown in the video in class. There were times when the student stumbled on words or didn’t know the word and the instructor never really gave the student any strategies to use or help her in anyway which I found fairly odd. Even at the end she never came back to the words she had trouble with. It seemed that this guided reading was more for comprehension, which in upper grades I guess is a bigger problem.