I understand the idea and purpose of guided reading when it was taught in my studies, but I was a little confused about how to actually do it during my student teaching. When I first did it, my guide teacher gave me the highest group in her second grade class, but told me to have them read the books independently, and then simply have guided reading as a discussion facilitated by me. I thought this was a little weird. The kids were able to read and understand the literal content of the books by themselves, but I still felt like there was something missing by having them not actually read during the group. When I tried guided reading with one of the lowest groups in this second grade class, many of those students had so much difficulty decoding that it was difficult even getting through a page if they were reading it out loud. I also watched a video on Youtube that showed a sample guided reading lesson. After the teacher did a picture walk of the book, she told the students to start reading, and they started reading out loud, independently. Their out-loud reading was not coordinated with each other. With this method, I thought it might be a little hard to clarify parts of the book with the whole group if they're all reading out loud independently. So going back to the original question, how should kids be reading during guided reading? Out loud? In their heads? Choral reading together? Stop after each page. I understand that this would vary based on age group and reading skill, but I'm not sure what to do for any particular age group or reading level.