Having a blog has been so exciting and rewarding for Melissa and I because we’ve been able to share ideas and connect with so many terrific teachers! Our most recent post was about guided reading and our followers went crazy with questions and ideas. So, we thought we’d share more! Many of the ideas in our newest file are for use in the primary grades. While the routine of daily guided reading can become monotonous, one of our strengths is incorporating manipulatives into our lessons. Here are some of our favorite ideas!
My students love using these Hot Spots during guided reading! Now, I must admit, I am a bit of a techy/font/clipart diva (normally hand-written worksheets make me cringe…there must be a 12-step program for people like me!!), but I had a wonderful parent volunteer make these cards for me and she had a blast with them-she even decorated the envelopes to put them in!! So sweet. Our newest file, Guided Reading Activities With Pizzazz, contains 3 interactive manipulatives that enrich your reading strategy lessons, a parent letter explaining the strategies used at school, and 26 worksheets to use during your guided reading instruction.
The first person to comment on this post will receive the file for free! Click here to pick up the file on our TpT site!
Just one final note before closing up this post…
Ten years ago a few colleagues and I got together and started our own mini business. We called ourselves The Thinking Shop and hired a graphic designer and a printer to turn our vision of interactive guided reading aprons into a reality. We sold them online, to one school district, at local workshops, and a teacher store. But mainly we gave them to colleagues and new teachers who needed a little something to add to their guided reading lessons. I don’t know if we even made any money during this business venture, no one really kept track because the rewards of sharing them with others who would put them to good use was such a great feeling.
Seeing the need for further teacher education in guided reading stayed on my mind and remained a focus for me over the next 10 years. During this time I developed ideas and created my own bag of tricks to help my students succeed in this area. Now, in 2011, I am thrilled to have this blog and a teaching partner - Melissa :) - who shares the same philosophy about teaching as me. I am also honored to have the best followers! We have made so many friends and have gotten so many ideas from each of you. Thanks for making me a better teacher, I hope I’ve done the same for some of you!
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