Institute for Educational Development

GUIDED READING: Practical Strategies to DIFFERENTIATE Using Small Group Instruction (Grades K-2)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Tammy Mercer

Outstanding Literacy Coach, Teacher, Interventionist and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades K-2: Classroom Teachers, Title 1 Staff, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Staff, Interventionists, & Administrators

  • Practical strategies to use guided reading and differentiated instruction to ensure all K-2 students are engaged in appropriate levels of support and challenge
  • Balance whole class core instruction with small group guided reading to provide daily differentiated lessons
  • Better meet the needs of Tiers 1 and 2 targeted groups in Response to Intervention using differentiated strategies in your guided reading
  • Plug into classroom video segments, modeled lessons and an all-encompassing resource handbook jam-packed with a multitude of activities, practical ideas and strategies that will support you in guided reading instruction and managing center activities

Practical Strategies

This NEW fast-paced seminar will focus on the integration of guided reading with differentiated instruction to boost the support you are giving your K-2 readers. Master teacher, Tammy Mercer, will provide you with research-based strategies, methods and activities to help you work smarter, not harder, in guided reading instruction. With support and scaffolding, you will discover how you can better meet the wide range of student needs in small groups by implementing these ready-to-use ideas.

You will view a variety of video segments that clarify the correlation of differentiated instruction within your guided reading groups. Throughout this engaging day, Tammy will highlight classroom-proven ideas for teaching the most effective comprehension and fluency building strategies, beneficial vocabulary techniques and interactive phonics activities appropriate to each grade level.

You will receive an extensive resource handbook to assist you in incorporating these strategies immediately upon your return to your classroom. You will leave feeling inspired and ready to encourage your students to love reading.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Practical Strategies to Differentiate Within Your Guided Reading Instruction in Grades K-2
    Explore how to use differentiated instruction in your guided reading small groups to make certain every student increases their knowledge of reading while providing engaging activities to maximize student reading achievement
  2. Rev-Up the Reading Success of All Your K-2 Students
    Ready-to-use strategies and activities that can be easily incorporated to build upon differentiation and guided reading … Ideas to increase the reading skills of all your students
  3. Differentiated Strategies for Word-Making and Word-Solving Skills for Emergent, Developing and Fluent Readers
    Engage your students with a variety of hands-on activities that provide applicable phonics learning and word work to increase students’ reading fluency
  4. Productively Involve the Rest of Your Students While You Teach Small Groups
    Discover powerful literacy center ideas that will keep your students working independently the entire time … Many suggested activities along with a variety of sample materials
  5. Discover Tips and Techniques for Managing Guided Reading Small Groups and Materials
    Make your job easier with these quick organizational ideas that work for teachers and students
  6. Gather Ready-To-Use Nonfiction Strategies to Lift Competencies of Every Reader
    Teach summarizing strategies with informational texts you already use
  7. Assess Your K-2 Students for Continual Progress
    Learn how to incorporate easy-to-use methods for assessing the wide range of reading levels in your class to form small guided reading groups … Identify the skills you need to focus on throughout the school year using a variety of formative assessment ideas
  8. Strengthen Your Standards-Based Basal Program
    Basal programs don’t always provide enough small group differentiated books for day-to-day lessons … Fill the void with engaging activities to challenge and support each student in small group lessons
  9. Ideas! Ideas! Ideas!
    A variety of guided reading strategies to make the most efficient and effective use of your valuable teaching time
  10. Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook Filled With Practical Guided Reading Strategies
    You’ll leave with an extensive resource handbook packed with practical differentiation ideas, strategies, activities, tips, sample materials, and resources all designed for immediate use in your K-2 guided reading program

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Practical strategies for enhancing differentiated instruction in guided reading to provide all your students with key strategies for reading success
  • Accelerate your students’ reading skills with specific differentiated instructional techniques used in guided reading small groups
  • Exercise specific, yet realistic, strategies for using differentiated instruction in targeted small groups to meet the needs of all students in Tiers 1 and 2
  • Form flexible small groups with assessment techniques
  • Enhance your students’ reading skills with a word-solver’s tool kit to link phonics and comprehension while supporting reading at each K-2 developmental level
  • Get familiar with how to recognize student behaviors and understandings while reading orally in order to teach and support them as their literacy coach
  • Accelerate reading growth by linking assessment data to match student-appropriate leveled texts
  • Increase fluency within the guided reading format with a variety of interactive activities
  • Discover ways to manage materials and students to keep your guided reading lessons moving forward
  • Reduce the achievement gap for Title 1, special needs and ELL students by using various strategies in your teaching of guided reading small groups
  • How to recognize your readers’ gaps and become a responsive teacher to bridge the learner toward achievement
  • How to manage purposeful literacy centers that enhance K-2 students’ reading and writing skills while you lead small literacy groups
  • How to use reciprocal teaching strategies to teach summarizing, questioning, clarifying, and predicting

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Over the years, one of my greatest accomplishments in being an educator has been to observe the power that planned, intentional reading instruction has made on my students’ learning to read and write. As a result, my goal has been to share what I have found works with other K-2 teachers and to pass on my passion for helping all of our students experience the joy of reading. I firmly believe that when we plan our work,

and work our plan, we can truly help all students unlock their reading potential. When we have numerous practical strategies that can be used with students who are struggling, emerging, developing, or secure in their reading abilities, learning can move forward and literacy connections are made. This unique one-day seminar gives you the opportunity to spend a day focusing on practical solutions to help all of our students become readers. The all-encompassing resource handbook that you’ll receive when you attend this seminar is filled with over 100 pages of ideas and strategies for joining small group reading and differentiated instruction to meet ALL student needs.

I invite you to join me for a day chock-full of ideas to help you work smarter, not harder! Together, we will reaffirm the powerful impact your teaching with guided reading groups can have on your little readers. At the end of the seminar, you will have a mountain of useful techniques to incorporate in your daily lessons. When you meet the needs of all of your students, the frustration ends, and the love of reading will continue to spread! Please join me for a fun day of learning, and leave with a resource handbook that will energize your literacy teaching for your young readers.

Tammy Mercer

P.S. My emphasis will be on practical techniques you can use as soon as you return to your school!

Who Should Attend

Educators Serving Grades K-2: Classroom Teachers, Title 1 Staff, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Staff, Interventionists, & Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • A substantial amount of center ideas that engage students in reading and writing
    • Sensible ways to build independent workers while you teach a small group
    • Practical elements and structure of what a guided reading group looks like and the basic steps to the guided reading process
    • Powerful, vigorous and effective teaching techniques to impact reading achievement including phonics, word work, comprehension, and fluency
    • Various frameworks for lessons that involve grade-appropriate learning goals/teaching points for emergent, developing and fluent readers
    • Handy ways to evaluate leveled books for group lessons, level classroom books and organize a take-home reading program
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enhancing differentiated instruction in guided reading.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Tammy Mercer will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own reading program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.