Using Guided Reading to Strengthen Students’ Reading Skills, Grades 3-6

Online Course

Course Objective/Goals

In this course you will see experienced intermediate grade level teachers working with guided reading groups to increase students' literacy growth and deepen their understanding of text. You'll see how guided reading uniquely combines the critical attributes of small group instruction and one-on-one coaching to move students forward as readers.

Whether intermediate grade students are reading at, above or below grade level, they benefit greatly from the structure and support that guided reading provides.

You will learn how to:

  • design guided reading lessons to meet the needs of all students, from the most struggling to the most capable
  • craft lessons that maximize reading time and maintain a clear focus on essential strategies and skills
  • make the most of quick, intensive coaching opportunities within the context of guided reading
  • strengthen students' ability to think more insightfully about what they read

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How This On Demand Course Works

Optional Graduate Credit

EDLU 9104


"This was a great course!! So many wonderful and useful ideas that I can implement in my own classroom. I loved how the teachers used a variety of texts and gave very helpful suggestions on how to make guided reading work in my classroom."
               – C. Newton

"I enjoyed the course. The videos were very helpful. The action plan forced me to take my notes, so that I am able to look back and see what changes I need to make."
               – A. Gleason

"I found this course very informative. The note taking guide makes it easy to watch the videos and pause to take notes in an organized manner. I also find that watching the instructors work with students is a much more effective way to learn."
               – M. Vermette

"I found the course extremely useful. Watching teachers work with students and seeing Guided Reading in action helped to clarify my beliefs and strengthen my skills as a reading teacher."
               – J. Duperon

"Great course. It was useful being able to see guided reading being used in a real classroom."
               – T. Peralta


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