Here are some opportunities to apply and extend what you've seen.
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View the other first-grade videos in the Teaching Reading library, "Promoting Readers As Leaders," "Connecting Skills to Text," and "Assessment-Driven Instruction." Compare how the different teachers in the videos use guided reading in their literacy curricula. In particular, note Ms. Pursley's choice to sometimes conduct guided reading with heterogeneous groups rather than with groups of similarly leveled readers.
Identify one element or strategy from Ms. Pursley's classroom that you would like to try in your own classroom. List any supports or resources you would need to implement it. Use the Classroom Strategy Planner (PDF). If you are participating in a study group, share what happened when you tried out the new strategy. Or keep a reflective journal of your experiences, focusing on the benefits for you and your students.