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I chose the EE3 guided reading school based task in the hope that itwould help me to gain experience teaching guided reading and become moreinformed about the effective ways that guided reading can be implementedin schools The school in which I undertook this school based task was amedium sized urban school comprising of 187 children and 19 classroomstaff I was in a year 2 class comprising of 24 children where guidedreading took place once a week Before teaching my own session Iobserved 3 sessions led by the class teacher The group I worked withwere high attaining readers and comprised of 2 boys and 2 girlsThroughout this study I aim to reflect on my current practice of guidedreading in regards to both my teaching and the childrens learning Iplan to do this using both literature and my own personal reflectionsFrom this I hope to gain a better understanding of how children learnand the most effective ways to teach guided reading Literature ReviewFountas and Pinnell 20102 define guided reading as small-groupreading instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching thatsupports students in developing reading proficiency The BristolLiteracy Centre 1998 are more specific explaining that guided readinguses an instructional reading approach which relies on the childrenhaving 90-94 accuracy when reading the text It also relies on the rolethe teacher plays in scaffolding the group Gamble and Yates 200830explain thatEffective guided reading is contingent upon high quality interactionsbetween the teacher and pupil and this means knowing when to interveneand how to intervene in order to move childrens reading forwardAll of the reading I have undertaken has emphasised a similar notionthe importance of high-quality interactions between the teacher and thepupils with the teacher acting as a guide to scaffold the childrenGamble and Yates 2008 UKLA 2010 Ford and Opitz 2011 Marriot199589 emphasises this by sayingThe teachers role is much more than just encouraging children to read- by enabling children to respond to what they read the teacher canplay a crucial role in
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