Strategies for Teaching Small-Group Guided Reading

Strategies for Teaching Small-Group Guided Reading

January 23, 2019

Strategies for Teaching Small-Group Guided Reading

In this powerful workshop, teachers will learn how to plan and conduct differentiated small-group reading sessions that result in improved student achievement. Kristi McCullough will show teachers how to support students at their developmental levels, engage them in authentic text, and provide targeted lessons to increase students’ comprehension in both literature and informational texts.

Workshop Topics:

  • Learn how to develop a schedule where small-group reading occurs in tandem with students working independently in literacy stations.
  • Obtain ways to utilize teacher-led small groups during the reading block.
  • Understand how to interpret reading levels of students and match them with appropriate text.
  • Gain strategies to support readers at different stages of reading.
  • Learn how to tie whole-group mini-lessons to small-group instruction.
  • Learn types of before, during, and after-reading strategies and how they fit into small-group reading lessons.
  • Acquire methods for supporting readers by incorporating effective oral reading strategies.

When you leave, you’ll be able to:

  • Use small groups to support and deepen mini-lesson skills first taught during whole-class direct instruction.
  • Introduce a new text to students in a way that provides support for them to be able to decode and understand the text.
  • Increase the amount of time students spend reading the whole text.
  • Cultivate student interaction with the text during reading.
  • Organize your space and supplies to make small-group instruction both efficient and effective.
Reading Levels A-I
Learn tools and activities for teaching components of reading for the Pre-A/Emergent and Early/Beginning Stages.
  • Comprehension strategies target retelling, summarizing, and predicting.
  • Support students’ thinking about text by annotating for the group.
  • Increase fluency with attention to font, format, and punctuation.
  • Build automatic recall of phonics principles, high-frequency words, sounds, and letters.
Reading Levels J-Z
Learn tools and activities for teaching components of reading for the Transitional and Fluent Stages.
  • Comprehension strategies target summarizing key information based on text structure and inferring.
  • Support students’ thinking about text with annotation strategies and tools.
  • Solidify fluency with attention to phrasing and punctuation.
  • Analyze word parts to increase decoding and vocabulary.
  • Incorporate discussion with chapter books.

Free follow-up training video:

  • Teachers who attend this Reading Block workshop will be given a complimentary one-month subscription to Kristi's matching video on webPD, Leading an Effective Reading Block (K-5).
  • During the complimentary subscription period, teachers are encouraged to share access with every colleague in their school, allowing the entire staff to learn key concepts from the workshop.

Workshop Excerpts:

Target Audience

K-5 Classroom Teachers
Literacy Coaches
Literacy Coordinators
Title I / Directors
Special Education Teachers
ELL Teachers
K-5 High-Ability Teachers
K-5 Administrators


“The workshop was packed with ideas to improve guided reading groups. Kristi's personality and energy were fun! You could see her passion for reading the way she presented!” Karly Douglas, teacher at Heywood Elementary School, Troy, OH

“I have launched guided reading in my classroom, and I struggle with what to focus on with groups/individual students. This information is EXACTLY what I needed!” Olivia Raley, teacher at Calvary Elementary School, Lebanon, KY

“Smekens always has workshops that give me fabulous ideas and cause me to reflect on what I currently do. I can't wait to get back into the classroom.” Tracy McKee, teacher at Saint Christopher School, Indianapolis, IN

"I love the immediate use of materials. I always walk away with great ideas right now!" Mary Cooper, teacher at New Buffalo Middle School, New Buffalo, MI

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Attend one day:

$225 (Early Bird)  |  $245 (Standard)

Attend two days:

$435 (Early Bird) | $455 (Standard)

Also available ONLINE
Self-paced / On-demand

Consider attending Day 2
January 24, 2019
An Introduction to Literacy Stations


Discounts available!
  • Register at least 15 days in advance and save $20!
  • For teams of 3+: Save $6 per person.
  • For teams of 10+: Contact our office for a 10% savings.

What's included in the registration fee?

Beyond a day of dynamic instruction, attendees also receive a full-color packet of materials and private access to exclusive web resources.

NOTE: Lodging fees and tuition for graduate credit are not included with registration.

Cancellations & Substitutions
Cancellations may occur up to 3 days prior to the selected workshop without penalty. A refund, minus a $50 service fee, will be paid for cancellations made within 3 days of the workshop. No refund will be given to registrants who fail to provide advance notice to Smekens Education of a cancellation. Substitutions may occur at any time. However, free registration (for principals) is non-transferable.

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Professional Growth Credits

Certified educators can earn professional growth credits for attending a Smekens Education workshop. All workshop attendees receive a certificate of participation for 5.25 hours of professional development for each one-day workshop. Visit our Continuing Education Credit page to learn more.


Graduate Credit


For an additional fee, attendees may earn three nationally accredited graduate-level credits from the Midwest Teachers Institute and their university partner, Colorado State University-Pueblo. These non-degree credits are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (Check with your district for approval prior to making a commitment.)

Midwest Teachers Institute (MTI) — 3 credits/$375

  • Attendance at both days of the Small-Group workshop series, plus additional coursework related to the workshop, is required for credit.
  • MTI has an exclusive agreement with Colorado State University-Pueblo to provide teachers with an official transcript.
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo is nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. MTI courses through CSU-Pueblo are accepted in all 50 states.