Reading response menus give students some choice while allowing teachers to hold students accountable for independent reading and assess their understanding of various comprehension skills. Learning to write about text will help students to deepen their understanding and prepare them for standardized testing.
Prove It Key Rings for Guided Reading Groups I got this ridiculously good idea from Joanne over at Head Over Heels for Teaching! I made a bulletin board out of the posters and six key rings to use for my guided reading groups. While I'm not having GRG I put them inside the supply caddies and the students are using them all the time!
Guided reading strategy called "Say Something" allows teachers to see how students are thinking about their texts. Additionally, it provides students w/a tool to help them express their ideas about reading in meaningful ways.
Whole Brain Teaching (Power Teaching) -- great teaching strategy to engage students in learning at any grade level. Many other videos of actual classroom demonstrations and free Whole Brain Teaching resources at www.wholebrainteaching.com