July 17, 2016
“Another Teacher Vents About Guided Reading”
From Donna Garner
After I posted the Texas classroom teacher’s comments about the misguided Guided Reading curriculum (by Fountas and Pinnell) being used across the country, I received the following from another reading teacher who is totally disenchanted with Guided Reading. I am also keeping this second teacher’s name confidential to protect her from any retaliation from her local school district.
[The link to the first teacher’s complaint is posted at the bottom of this page.]
FROM ANOTHER DISENCHANTED READING TEACHER:
As a middle school reading teacher in a district that has used Guided Reading in elementary school since 2003, I can agree 100% with that letter! If your reading program is strong, you shouldn’t need a reading intervention program at the middle school level; yet the administration doesn’t seem to make that connection!
Each year, the building I teach at receives about 120 incoming 6th graders who are testing from 1.5 to 3 grade levels behind in reading vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension! We have four middle schools in our large district and the others receive even more students!