Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Words of Advice Wednesday Linky!

It's time for the Word of Advice Wednesday Linky! I got so many great ideas from all of you the last time I hosted this linky, so thank you! Remember, to participate, all you have to do is link up a blog post about an issue that you would like some advice on. Please try to keep the issues teaching/school/student related! After linking up, please visit the person before you and the person after you and do the following:

1. Read their blog post about an issue that they're having.
2. Think of some meaningful advice that you can give them.
3. Write your advice in the comments section of their post.
4. Feel good knowing that you have helped a fellow teacher! =)

Here is my issue this week- please help...

Now that my kiddos are starting to read longer chapter books (yay!), it is becoming more difficult to manage their guided reading homework each night. When I meet with their guided reading group, we talk about the previous reading assignment and then I assign the next chapter or two for them to read before we meet again. The kids are supposed to be finishing up this reading for their 15 minutes of reading homework each night, but many of the kids are forgetting to read. Then, when it's time to discuss the chapter during guided reading, they have no idea what it is about because they didn't read it. Ahhhh!!! I always have to send the entire group back to their seats to reread the chapter and the bring them back again a few minutes later to discuss. I feel like this is such a waste of instructional time, but I'm not quite sure what else to do to help remind them to complete their reading assignment.

This is where I need your help-- what do you do to make sure that your kids are reading their assigned chapters? Do you do a quick "check-in" the day before you meet with their group? Do you have them reread the chapter before calling them up each time? Please help me out with some ideas- thank you!

Alright, now it's your turn to link up. What do you need some advice on this week?


  1. I know this is kind of frustrating, since I teach 3rd grade students who are (as a majority) low readers. One way I would make sure they do their guided reading homework is by having them complete a short quick comprehension check (5 questions max) over their reading. Unfortunately that means a bit more work for you...
    Miss Wilson

    PS: Love linking up. Now I just have to come up with a good problem.

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