A New ‘Guided Reading’ Library
The Mettawee Community School now has a Guiding Reading Library, thanks to the efforts of Literary Specialist Kimberly Donaldson and a number of faculty and staff members. Donaldson describes Guided Reading as an instructional approach where a teacher works with a small group of students at similar reading levels, with similar reading styles. Donaldson went on to say, “Our Guided Reading Library will be instrumental in providing students to become strategic readers. A project of this magnitude would not have been possible without administrative support and the efforts of our teachers, paraprofessionals and support staff. It takes a community to raise a Guided Reading library . . . and we did it!”
Teachers have been receiving professional development in guided reading over the past year. The school received support from the Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union’s federal grant money, allowing them to purchase multiple copies of leveled reading books, additional titles from book series that the students have enjoyed reading, and colorful tubs that allow them to to organize the books according to the different levels.