During guided reading, another tool that's extremely useful is miniature whiteboards. The whiteboards give each student an opportunity to share their ideas in a very comfortable setting, and be able to erase their ideas if they're not quite sure about what they're being asked to do. Our current unit in guided reading is asking questions, so we can use whiteboard markers to think about what are the questions we have before we read the text, and they're in red. We can think about during reading, what were the questions I had, and using a blue whiteboard marker the student can write down something during the read of the story. After they've read they might be still wondering about something, you can color-code that in black so that you've got a reference for before, during, and after what the students were thinking as they were wondering and asking questions. The whiteboard can be used for any reading strategy in any kind of guided reading atmosphere, and every time you change your group, you erase the whiteboard and you start fresh.
What Is Guided Reading?: http://olc.spsd.sk.ca/DE/PD/instr/strats/guided/guided.html
The goal of A Tool for Reading: Using Whiteboards during Guided Reading (Virtual Tour) is to provide students with an opportunity to share their ideas during small group instruction and to help students organize their ideas in order to improve their comprehension while reading.
- Small-group instruction provides opportunities for the teacher to offer guidance and feedback to all students.
- Guided reading sessions should be kept between 10-20 minutes and can be of mixed-ability or leveled groupings, depending on lesson begin taught. Choose texts that are appropriate for your lesson.
- Focus on a reading strategy with which a small group of students are having difficulty. Introduce vocabulary and invite the students to make predictions before reading.
- Have the students read the text silently. As students read to themselves invite each group member to read aloud in a quiet whisper voice. Record anecdotal notes in a conference binder.