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Melody Croft

Melody Croft earned a Bachelor of Education degree in Early Childhood Education from Valdosta State University. While teaching fourth graders in a small South Georgia town, she spent evenings and summers at this same university to obtain a Masters degree and a Specialist degree in Reading Education.

Ten years into Melody’s teaching career and three degrees later, she and her husband, also an educator, moved with their young children to Athens, Georgia with the intentions of pursuing doctoral degrees, Melody’s in Reading and her husband’s in American Literature.

In Athens, Melody chose to teach elementary school for twenty more years, deciding in 1995 to not enter a doctoral program but rather accept a position as a Reading Recovery teacher at her school, which required her to enroll at Georgia State University’s Reading Recovery training program. For the next nine years, as a Reading Recovery teacher, Melody worked to accelerate first graders reading at the bottom ten percent of their class to reading on or above grade level in sixteen to twenty weeks.

Such a daunting and vigorous goal could only be accomplished with the intense and ongoing professional development provided through the Reading Recovery Institute at Georgia State University. During those nine years as a Reading Recovery teacher, Melody became a disciple of Marie Clay, the founder of Reading Recovery. It is her research that provides the teaching principles and strategies presently used in guided reading instruction.

In 2002, Melody reentered the classroom as a first grade teacher and under the guidance of The Ohio State University and Georgia State University’s Literacy Collaborative Program, learned the framework in which to effectively engage children in conversations concerning literacy.

It has been 38 years since Melody graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Early Education. In 2009, she retired from teaching and spends her time in her art studio.

Preventing Misguided Reading: Next Generation Guided Reading Strategies
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5;

Do you feel exhausted after guided reading? Are you working tirelessly while your students aren't even breaking a sweat? Do you ever wonder if other teachers feel the same way you do about guided reading — that it's not working the way it should?

This thoughtful resource has everything you need to prevent guided reading from going astray in your classroom. The authors draw on 50 years of collective experience to present clarifications, adaptations, and supports that have helped them work their own trick parts as they guide readers. The book's 6 chapters each clarify a misunderstanding about a key area of the guided reading process. With 27 strategies, you're sure to find the help you need to work through your own challenges as you guide groups of readers.

Educator Information
Grade Range: K-5

Additional Information
130 pages | 7.00" x 9.20"