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Progress Monitoring in Small Group

Still trying to wrap your head around what small group looks like in your classroom? That's ok! No matter where you are on your small group journey, it is always good to think about how to best track small group instruction and monitor for progress. There are many ways to do this but here are a few resources you can use while working with students to organize data.


First, this small group notes sheet will help you in keeping notes about what was accomplished in the small group as well as students needs. This sheet also includes a reflection column for reflecting upon activity and next steps. A copy of this sheet could be made for each class and stored in a Google Drive folder titled Small Group.


Second, this student monitoring sheet will allow you to track individual students progress in the small group. A copy of this sheet could be made for each group or each class and stored in a Google Drive folder titled Small Group. Using advanced query formulas each student's data could be added to its own sheet and used during any review process such as RtI. I can help you with this if you are interested. Currently, the sheet is formulated to put all intervention students on one sheet.


Make a copy of any of the above sheets by selecting File --> Make Copy. Make sure to rename the copy for easy organization.


There are many other ways to track students progress in the small group. Choose a method that works best for you and your students. I'll share some standards-based data collection tools in the coming weeks.


Below is a link to a great article on providing feedforward to students over feedback.

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Research Based Instructional Strategies

Many of you have been using Lead4Ward's instructional strategies for years. These are always my go-to strategies to increase the level of learning and monitor understanding. These strategies are research-based and when used appropriately are guaranteed to increase student success. What are your go-to instructional strategies? Share these with a colleague this week, let your impact have a ripple effect around campus and beyond!


My go-to's are 4-corners, Jig Saw, and Odd One Out. I love these three because they involve discussion and collaboration among groups of students. I also love that using these strategies promotes students moving out of their seats. Research shows increasing blood flow and heart rate have a positive effect on learning.


I would love to help you incorporate any of these strategies in your classroom!