That's probably more of a summary than a title, but it's exactly what this post is about. My first day of teaching seventeen years ago I quickly realized I had a lot of enthusiasm and very little knowledge. I had 20 third grade kiddos, six of whom had never passed a grade. There was no outside intervention, and I was the sum total of the help they were going to get.
I muddled through that year and was thankful to have had an incredible mentor teacher from my student teaching experience who gave me a crash course in what good reading instruction looks like. Knowing what it looks like and being the one to teach it are two totally different things. I still don’t have all the answers I want, but here are a few books that I wish had been around when I was just starting. They aren't "new teacher" books, but whenever I look at them, I can’t help but think, “Where were you when I first started teaching?"
The Literacy Continuum Gay Su Pinnell and Irene FountasThe Continuum of Literacy Learning, but one of my favorites is a 4 page "snapshot" of what each guided reading level looks like. (affiliate link)
The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Seravallohere. My feelings have not faded over time. This book is a workhorse. The Literacy Continuum is an amazing big picture look at teaching reading groups. The Reading Strategies Book IS the work you would do with a whole group, small group, or one on one conference. (Affiliate Link)
The Next Step in Guided Reading by Jan RichardsonThe Next Step in Guided Reading is how it helps you understand what small groups look like. The sections are broken down by types of readers: Pre-A and Emergent Guided Reading, Early Guided Reading, Transitional Guided Reading, and Fluent Guided Reading. (affiliate link)
Don't worry, you don't have to figure out what your students are.
Making the Most of Small Groups by Debbie Diller
Do you have any other favorite resources I didn't mention?