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Effectively Using Guided Reading

Strategies That Work (Grades 1-3)

Seminar Presented by Cindy Merrilees
Outstanding Teacher, Author and National Trainer

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Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades 1-3

  • How to incorporate guided reading instruction that will lead to greater success for your primary students
  • Dozens of ideas for involving children in meaningful literacy center activities while you work with small, flexible guided reading groups
  • Classroom-proven literacy activities to strengthen the reading performance of all your students
  • Numerous lessons, ideas and an extensive resource handbook filled with strategies you can use in your classroom immediately

Practical Ideas and Strategies

In this outstanding seminar, Cindy Merrilees will focus on implementing a guided reading program that will help each of your primary students improve in reading. Cindy will share, from a practitioner’s point of view, her own experiences in managing this type of classroom. Using the research on best teaching practices, Cindy will focus on using authentic assessment to guide instruction, management systems for flexible grouping and suggestions for leveling books. Cindy will provide specific techniques to help all your students use good reading strategies.

You’ll leave with a wealth of practical, classroom-proven strategies and an extensive resource handbook to help you implement these valuable techniques in your own primary classroom.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Successfully Implementing Guided Reading
    A fresh look at small group instruction in literature-based classrooms that leads to greater student success … How to organize and manage small, flexible guided reading groups
  2. Incorporating Current, Research-Based Phonics Activities
    Engage your students in effective and appropriate phonics instruc­tion … Practical strategies for teaching phonics and word study skills in meaningful literacy contexts
  3. Using Assessment to Plan Instruction
    How to analyze your students’ reading strategies and instructional needs … Using this information to create more effective guided reading groups
  4. Incorporating All the Components of a Guided Reading Lesson
    Utilize detailed small group lessons that will meet the diverse needs of your students … How to effectively use book introductions, skills instruction, comprehension strategies, and ongoing informal assessment strategies
  5. Developing Engaged, Successful Readers
    Realistic ideas for teaching your students to “break the code” and make sense of the reading process … Tips on how to create more empowered, responsible readers
  6. Providing Multiple Opportunities for Reading
    Create a print-rich environment that encourages reading … Effectively utilize literacy activities to reinforce skills instruction and provide reading practice
  7. Choosing the Right Books for Your Students
    Tips for choosing the appropriate materials … How to level books so that your students experience greater reading success by reading materials on their instructional level
  8. Incorporating Outstanding Literacy Centers
    How to utilize meaningful literacy centers to give your students authentic literacy experiences while you work with other students in small guided reading groups … Easy-to-manage literacy centers you can implement immediately
  9. Designing Effective Guided Reading Lessons
    How to plan and implement successful guided reading lessons … The key components of an effective lesson
  10. Creating a Balanced Reading Program
    Outstanding whole group and small group instructional techniques to meet the needs of your primary students … Using guided reading as an essential component in your total reading program (Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook)

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Implement guided reading groups as part of a balanced reading program
  • Design and implement effective guided reading lessons, including using the most effective teacher prompts
  • Research-based phonics activities and word study skills for all levels of students
  • Plan and implement effective guided reading lessons
  • Teach your primary students the reading strategies that will lead to increased reading performance
  • Provide a wide variety of reading opportunities for your students
  • Numerous children’s literature titles you won’t want to miss
  • Utilize running records and other assessments to identify students’ needs and plan instruction
  • Match your students to the appropriate level materials to create the greatest reading success
  • Incorporate phonics and other skills instruction into your guided reading program
  • Establish easy-to-manage literacy centers that allow you to work with guided reading groups
  • Organize your day so that you can best meet the needs of a wide variety of learners
  • Strengthen your entire reading program by effectively using guided reading as a key part of your reading program

A Message From Your Seminar Leader, Cindy Merrilees

Dear Colleague:

Teaching all students to read and to read fluently with understanding can be the most challenging part of our jobs as educators. However, when we see a struggling young reader “crack the code” and take off reading, it can also be the most rewarding experience of our career. How can we provide effective, research-based guided reading instruction without spending hours after school planning, sorting books and calculating assessment results? This GUIDED READING seminar will help you with these issues and more.

During our day together, we will focus on practical ways to successfully implement guided reading in your classroom that will lead to increased reading achievement for your students, including strategies and ideas for organizing, managing and scheduling small, flexible guided reading groups. I will share ways for incorporating current, research-based small group lessons, including the key components of an effective guided reading lesson. We’ll look at assessment and how it translates into using the right book with the right students.

Literacy centers that are meaningful and easy to manage are vital to a successful guided reading program. I have dozens of ideas for centers that will make your job easier and still provide your students with authentic literacy experiences to enhance and enrich their learning. I also plan to give you numerous ideas for using children’s literature in your program to motivate your students to read independently.

You will leave this seminar with new and improved ways of implementing a comprehensive guided reading program to help all your students become better readers! I look forward to meeting you there!


Cindy Merrilees

P.S. All the ideas I give you will be practical and realistic strategies that have been proven to work with students in grades 1-3!

Who Should Attend

Educators working with Students in Grades 1-3: Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Multiage Teachers, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Instructional Assistants, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
You will receive a valuable resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. Included in the handbook will be:

  • sample guided reading lessons
  • ideas for effective literacy centers
  • classroom-proven management ideas
  • sample reading assessment tools
  • bibliography of leveled books

Materials on Display
On display will be sample materials that demonstrate the strategies taught in the seminar.

Consultation Available
Cindy Merrilees will be available at the seminar to answer questions and discuss the unique needs of your reading program.

On-Site Training Guarantee

BER is not a booking agency that just finds a presenter who presents on the topic you requested. Rather, we only recommend highly experienced BER presenters who have consistently received outstanding evaluations from educators attending their trainings.

Consequently, we provide a strong program guarantee.

We guarantee you'll be fully satisfied or you'll owe us nothing after your on-site training event.

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