Guided practice is a key component of reading instruction that is too often shortchanged in busy classrooms. Reading experts and veteran teachers Valorie Falco and Rochelle Soloway share their research-based, classroom-tested strategies for filling this instructional gap: interactive read-alouds and shared reading. These engaging whole-class lessons scaffold students’ learning about reading strategies, genre, text structure, text features, and more. Investing time in guided practice pays big dividends in student learning—students experience success and move to independence more quickly. Model lessons, book lists, and management tips give you everything you need to implement these strategies effectively in your classroom!
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About the Author
Valorie Falco currently teaches second grade in a suburban district outside Albany NY. She has taught in both special and regular education settings, including resource room, kindergarten, and grades one through three. She has been a language arts coordinator, a staff developer, and a literacy coach. Rochelle Soloway spent the first 25 years of her career in Australia, where she taught kindergarten through grade six. She was an administrator and curriculum coordinator in Victoria; more recently, she has served as a staff developer in New York City. She currently works as a literacy coach and staff developer in upstate New York.