I feel like I missed something somewhere and would be grateful for other's insights.  If guided reading is in addition to Daily 5, I don't know where I get time for it.  If guided reading is done during Daily 5, then when do I find time to conference with students?






Think of your strategy groups in CAFE/DAILY 5 as a "focused guided reading group time". 


Think of your strategy groups in CAFE/DAILY 5 as a "focused guided reading group time".  We know from brain research that students can not attend much more than their age, so our group leessons should be formed with that in mind.  Lmit the time in your guided reading groups to not more than a minute or two longer than your students age.  Pick the one goal you have for your students--you don't need to do all the  different sections/activities related to a book in one session.  

Kim Kaiser

Thanks.  That helps somewhat, but if my strategy groups are during the Daily 5 sessions, then when do I confer with students?  I watch the conferring videos and some are quite long. I know that won't work with me, so I am okay with short conferences, but I just don't know how to manage both small groups and conferences.  j


Actually most of the videos of individual conferences are around 4-6 minutes.   During each round, it is suggested to have one strategy group and 3-4 individual conferences.  This, of course, depends on your students age/stamina as to how long your rounds last.  Many teachers have actually gone to all individual conferring sessions, as these really meet the specific needs of the students.  I'm going to look for a sampleschedule I've seen at face-to-face sessions, and will post it here.  I think it will help support what I mean :).  




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