Before, During, and After Reading

I’ve been spending a lot of time at the guided reading table this week in 3rd and 4th grade. Honestly, is there a better place to be in the classroom? Teacher Gwanu, Teacher Mufukuli, and Teacher Chembo have graciously given me the opportunity to work with their small groups of students while observing my reading instruction. The focus – to increase independent reading (less choral reading) and to promote writing about the reading on day 2 or 3 of the lesson. The School of Hope students continue to impress me with their ideas and conversations about what they have read AND they are willing to try a few new things with Teacher Mal. 🙂 Bonus: A to Z Literacy shipped six boxes of gently used guided reading books earlier this year, so it’s exciting to be using materials we sent back in the January.

After my second visit with Teacher Gwanu, she sighed, “I just wish I wasn’t so old…I wish I could have known this way of teaching before,” to which I replied, “But think of how many children you will now impact from this day moving forward.”


“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Mother Teresa

One thought on “Before, During, and After Reading

  1. Nice work, Betty, as usual! As you and I (and now Teacher Gwanu) know, you’re never too old to learn something new. Blessings on all you do!

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