Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Jamie Patton-Guided Reading


I watched a video that talked about guided reading with children one-on-one. The teacher talked us through her process of guided reading with a child. They never specified the grade level of the child, but I would guess first or second grade. The teacher also hinted that the child had a learning disability of some kind, but it was never clearly stated.
First, they would do some activity that involved reading the book. She mentioned partner reading, for example. After they have read the book, she suggested going to another area of the room so that the student gets a chance to move around before the next part of a lesson. In the video, she took the child to another side of the room to an easel. On the easel, there were several magnet letters b, p, and q. Since these letters are all visually similar the child's job was to sort them out to make sure that she didn't get them confused while reading. After that, there should be a writing activity. The activity should test the student's comprehension of the story. I really liked this video because it showed more of a one-on-one setting which I hadn't seen much of before. I also liked all of the different suggestions the teacher gave. I think that it was a very informative video and I would recommend it to others.
I think this kind of guided reading would be better suited for children with learning disabilities because it focuses on the specific need of the one child. You are able to fix or manipulate your techniques in ways that you wouldn't be able to in a small group or with the whole class. Overall, I think this guided reading strategy is useful, but sometimes small group guided reading can be just as good.

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