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Strategies for Teaching Small-Group Guided Reading

About this online workshop

In this powerful workshop, teachers will learn how to plan and conduct differentiated small-group reading sessions that result in improved student achievement. Kristi McCullough will show teachers how to support students at their developmental levels, engage them in authentic text, and provide targeted lessons to increase their comprehension in both literature and informational texts.

Topics:

  • Learn how to develop a schedule where small-group reading occurs in tandem with students working independently in literacy stations.
  • Obtain ways to utilize teacher-led small groups during the reading block.
  • Understand how to interpret reading levels of students and match them to an appropriate text.
  • Gain strategies to support readers at different stages of reading.
  • Learn how to tie whole-group mini-lessons to small-group instruction.
  • Learn types of before, during, and after-reading strategies and how they fit into small-group reading lessons.
  • Acquire methods for supporting readers by incorporation effective oral reading strategies.

When you complete the workshop, you'll be able to:

  • Use small groups to support and deepen mini-lesson skills first taught during whole-class direct instruction.
  • Introduce a new text to students in a way that provides support for them to be able to decode and understand the text.
  • Increase the amount of time students spend reading the whole text.
  • Cultivate student interaction with the text during reading.
  • Organize your space and supplies to make small-group instruction both efficient and effective.

DOWNLOAD WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

Three reasons to enroll

1. The stakes are high, and the heat is on.

Student achievement in reading is as important now as ever. Teachers need the tools and strategies to deliver research-based best-practice methods. (Our strategies are classroom-tested and practical!)

2. Using time effectively is essential.

In order for small-group guided reading instruction to be effective, time with the teacher has to be carefully planned and purposeful. (Learn to make the most of your small-group time!)

3. Differentiation is challenging, but necessary.

Teachers are used to dealing with students who have diverse needs, but knowing how to meet those needs in the area of reading is a priority. (Meet students at their instructional level!)

Top questions teachers ask about teaching K-5 reading with small-group instruction

  • How does my whole-class instruction impact my plan for small-group support?
  • How do I know which students to group together?
  • What types of books/passages can I use for small groups?
  • What other ways can kids read in a small group other than "round robin"?
  • How can I use the assessments I already do to drive my whole-class instruction?
  • How can I use the guided reading block to support content-area learning?

Learn the answers to these questions and many more!

What others say about Kristi's workshops

"Kristi is a completely engaging presenter. it is apparent that she used and honed masterful teaching practices in her own classroom. This was a completely practical and immediately applicable workshop presentation." Kyle Bush, Principal, Early Childhood Center, Loveland City School District, Loveland, OH

"Kristi did a fantastic job giving us clear content that we could follow and use!" Amanda Chapple, Teacher, Churubusco Elementary School, Churubusco, IN

"Kristi was wonderful! The small-group setting really made the objectives that much better and easier to grasp. All three strategies are very powerful, and I can't wait to implement them into my classroom ASAP." Nancy Packovski, Teacher, John I. Meister Elementary School, Hobart, IN

"Kristi is a fabulous presenter & has great practical ideas." Lindsey Putman, Teacher, Towne Meadow Elementary School, Carmel, IN

"The workshop was packed with ideas. Kristi's personality and energy were fun! You could see her passion for reading the way she presented!" Karly Douglas, Teacher, Heywood Elementary School, Troy, OH

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the workshop start and finish?

The workshop can begin at any time.

How long do I have access to the workshop?

After enrollment, students have access to the content for 30 days. You determine how fast or slow you want to progress through the workshop during this time.

Can I share my workshop with colleagues?

Sorry, online workshop sharing is not allowed. Our Terms of Use specify that one registration fee allows access for just one person. However, we are happy to offer group discounts. Give us a call at (888) 376-0448 to get the details.

Can I get continuing education credits?

Most likely! With prior approval from your school district, participants may receive credit for up to 5 hours of professional development for each workshop. A certificate of completion is available when you select the "Verified View." No certificate is awarded when you select the "Flexible View." For possible Illinois-approved credit, please contact our office.

Can I earn graduate-level credit?

Thanks to a partnership with the University of the Pacific, educators who complete a webAcademy workshop are eligible to pursue one, two, or three nationally-accredited graduate-level semester units. To earn graduate-level units, participants must select the "Verified View" enrollment option. The cost of graduate-level units ($62 per unit) is separate from the cost of the online workshop.

Graduate-level units offered through the University of the Pacific are non-degree units which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (These are post-baccalaureate professional development semester units of non-degree graduate-level and are not applicable to a degree at University of the Pacific.) For details, please contact support@smekenseducation.com or call (888) 376-0448.

What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are not satisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 10 days, and we will give you a full refund.

Workshop Outline

  • Introduction to the workshop
  • Let's get started! - Handout
  • The Big Picture
  • Workshop Logistics
  • Deliver 3 types of instruction
  • Execute 3 phases per lesson
  • Plan 3 distinct phases
  • Logistics & Preparation
  • Compile student data
  • Reading Data Tracker
  • Adjust expectations
  • Small-group lesson plans
  • Tools & Activities
  • Document the Thinking Voice
  • Introduce students to real reader tools
  • Observe a small group lesson
  • Retell & summarize ideas
  • Apply fluency and word work
  • Book Clubs
  • Hold introductory meetings
  • Meet multiple times with each Book Club
  • Teacher's Role
  • Think, Ink, Pair, Square
  • Wrap-up

About this online workshop

In this powerful workshop, teachers will learn how to plan and conduct differentiated small-group reading sessions that result in improved student achievement. Kristi McCullough will show teachers how to support students at their developmental levels, engage them in authentic text, and provide targeted lessons to increase their comprehension in both literature and informational texts.

Topics:

  • Learn how to develop a schedule where small-group reading occurs in tandem with students working independently in literacy stations.
  • Obtain ways to utilize teacher-led small groups during the reading block.
  • Understand how to interpret reading levels of students and match them to an appropriate text.
  • Gain strategies to support readers at different stages of reading.
  • Learn how to tie whole-group mini-lessons to small-group instruction.
  • Learn types of before, during, and after-reading strategies and how they fit into small-group reading lessons.
  • Acquire methods for supporting readers by incorporation effective oral reading strategies.

When you complete the workshop, you'll be able to:

  • Use small groups to support and deepen mini-lesson skills first taught during whole-class direct instruction.
  • Introduce a new text to students in a way that provides support for them to be able to decode and understand the text.
  • Increase the amount of time students spend reading the whole text.
  • Cultivate student interaction with the text during reading.
  • Organize your space and supplies to make small-group instruction both efficient and effective.

DOWNLOAD WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

Three reasons to enroll

1. The stakes are high, and the heat is on.

Student achievement in reading is as important now as ever. Teachers need the tools and strategies to deliver research-based best-practice methods. (Our strategies are classroom-tested and practical!)

2. Using time effectively is essential.

In order for small-group guided reading instruction to be effective, time with the teacher has to be carefully planned and purposeful. (Learn to make the most of your small-group time!)

3. Differentiation is challenging, but necessary.

Teachers are used to dealing with students who have diverse needs, but knowing how to meet those needs in the area of reading is a priority. (Meet students at their instructional level!)

Top questions teachers ask about teaching K-5 reading with small-group instruction

  • How does my whole-class instruction impact my plan for small-group support?
  • How do I know which students to group together?
  • What types of books/passages can I use for small groups?
  • What other ways can kids read in a small group other than "round robin"?
  • How can I use the assessments I already do to drive my whole-class instruction?
  • How can I use the guided reading block to support content-area learning?

Learn the answers to these questions and many more!

What others say about Kristi's workshops

"Kristi is a completely engaging presenter. it is apparent that she used and honed masterful teaching practices in her own classroom. This was a completely practical and immediately applicable workshop presentation." Kyle Bush, Principal, Early Childhood Center, Loveland City School District, Loveland, OH

"Kristi did a fantastic job giving us clear content that we could follow and use!" Amanda Chapple, Teacher, Churubusco Elementary School, Churubusco, IN

"Kristi was wonderful! The small-group setting really made the objectives that much better and easier to grasp. All three strategies are very powerful, and I can't wait to implement them into my classroom ASAP." Nancy Packovski, Teacher, John I. Meister Elementary School, Hobart, IN

"Kristi is a fabulous presenter & has great practical ideas." Lindsey Putman, Teacher, Towne Meadow Elementary School, Carmel, IN

"The workshop was packed with ideas. Kristi's personality and energy were fun! You could see her passion for reading the way she presented!" Karly Douglas, Teacher, Heywood Elementary School, Troy, OH

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the workshop start and finish?

The workshop can begin at any time.

How long do I have access to the workshop?

After enrollment, students have access to the content for 30 days. You determine how fast or slow you want to progress through the workshop during this time.

Can I share my workshop with colleagues?

Sorry, online workshop sharing is not allowed. Our Terms of Use specify that one registration fee allows access for just one person. However, we are happy to offer group discounts. Give us a call at (888) 376-0448 to get the details.

Can I get continuing education credits?

Most likely! With prior approval from your school district, participants may receive credit for up to 5 hours of professional development for each workshop. A certificate of completion is available when you select the "Verified View." No certificate is awarded when you select the "Flexible View." For possible Illinois-approved credit, please contact our office.

Can I earn graduate-level credit?

Thanks to a partnership with the University of the Pacific, educators who complete a webAcademy workshop are eligible to pursue one, two, or three nationally-accredited graduate-level semester units. To earn graduate-level units, participants must select the "Verified View" enrollment option. The cost of graduate-level units ($62 per unit) is separate from the cost of the online workshop.

Graduate-level units offered through the University of the Pacific are non-degree units which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (These are post-baccalaureate professional development semester units of non-degree graduate-level and are not applicable to a degree at University of the Pacific.) For details, please contact support@smekenseducation.com or call (888) 376-0448.

What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are not satisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 10 days, and we will give you a full refund.

Workshop Outline

  • Introduction to the workshop
  • Let's get started! - Handout
  • The Big Picture
  • Workshop Logistics
  • Deliver 3 types of instruction
  • Execute 3 phases per lesson
  • Plan 3 distinct phases
  • Logistics & Preparation
  • Compile student data
  • Reading Data Tracker
  • Adjust expectations
  • Small-group lesson plans
  • Tools & Activities
  • Document the Thinking Voice
  • Introduce students to real reader tools
  • Observe a small group lesson
  • Retell & summarize ideas
  • Apply fluency and word work
  • Book Clubs
  • Hold introductory meetings
  • Meet multiple times with each Book Club
  • Teacher's Role
  • Think, Ink, Pair, Square
  • Wrap-up