16 Faces All Guided Reading Teachers Will Recognize

Is there anything better than teaching guided reading?

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Is there anything better than teaching guided reading? You have the chance to work one-on-one with students, talk about books, and, of course, see all these time-honored faces, sometimes in 20 minutes or less….

1. The “Hooray! It’s Time for Guided Reading!” Face

There’s nothing like that mad rush for the guided reading table when it’s finally their turn. For tips on getting students to the table faster, read more from real teachers here!

The Hooray Its Time for Guided Reading Face

2. The “We’re Starting a New Book Today” Face

Yaaasssss! A new Magic Tree House!

they were starting a new book today face

3. The “Who Wants to Read First?” Face

Please don’t pick me, please don’t pick me….

The Please Don't Pick Me Face

4. The “You Know I’m Going to Call on SOMEONE, Right?” Face

Come on, kids. Reading is fun. For inspiration on getting kids more engaged during guided reading, click here!

The You Know I'm Going to Call on SOMEONE, Right Face

5. “The Concentrating REALLY Hard on Sounding Out This Word” Face

I think I can, I think I can….

The Trying Really Hard to Sound Out This Word Face

6. The “Trying Not to Finish the Word This Kid Is Sounding Out” Face

Hold your tongue.

Kermit the Frog

7. The “I Just Read That Word!” Face


shocked joey from Friends

8. The “You Just Read That Word!” Face

Time to celebrate.

Elmo and Jimmy Fallon

9. The “Don’t Interrupt Guided Reading Time” Face

Are you bleeding or dying? No? Then please sit down so I can work with my guided reading group. Watch here for more tips on managing your GR groups.

Let me stop you right there.

10. The “Dreaded Plot Twist” Face

When they get so into reading a story, they gasp out loud.

Dreaded plot twist

11. The “Whew! There Is a Happy Ending” Face

When everything turns out OK in the end.


12. The “Everyone’s Answering My Comprehension Questions at the Same Time” Face

Cannot. Process. Check out this modeling video for more ideas on asking the right questions.

Cannot. Process.

13. The “Hmm, This Kid Has a Totally Wacky Inference” Face

Bonus points for creativity.

Loki - I'm Listening.

14. The “Never-Ending Text-to-Self Connection” Face

Wow, we just got a lot of backstory!

I just have a lot of feelings.

15. The “Lightbulb Moment” Face

When everything just clicks. Read more on taking GR to the next level from expert Maria Walther.

Light bulb!

16. The “Our Guided Reading Group Is the Best!” Face

We love it when they bond over a good book.

Group Hug!

What faces did we miss? Tell us in the comments! And if you’re looking for guided reading resources, be sure to check out Scholastic’s Guided Reading Programs. Learn more about guided reading and sign up for a free e-sampler!

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