FH - Small Group Instruction
Continuum of Balanced Literacy, Eden Prairie Schools
Nothing Small About Small Group Instruction
The power of small group instruction is that it provides differentiated teaching. While small groups are often used in reading instruction, small group instruction can take place in any content area to provide more individualized attention.
Small groups can be organized in several different formats including strategy groups, guided reading groups, and literature groups. Extensions of small group instruction include Socratic Seminars, a fishbowl, or invitational groups. If you'd like to learn more about any of the extensions, just let us know.
Small Group Instruction and Your Coach
- Ask you coach to model a specific small group instruction or you can model for your coach or a colleague a small group instruction practice.
- Ask you coach to video tape yourself teaching a small group instruction practice and reflect on it- the video tape is for your records only.
- Find out ways to collect different data on your students... how can you use reading logs or engagment surveys for flexible small grouping
- Ask your coach for Ideas of how to help manage the other students in your class while you are meeting with small groups
- Create a weekly schedule of small group instruction with your coach
- Create smooth transitions for when small groups change with your coach
In the article, GUIDED READING The Romance and the Reality, Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell explain how guided reading has developed over the years into an even more powerful instructional practice teachers can implement into their classrooms. Take a peek at it and see if you're on the romance side, the reality side or somewhere in the middle.