Some are saying that the Common Core Standards are calling for a return to only whole-group instruction where all students read the same complex text. Let’s be honest – whole class instruction will never meet the needs of all students. Not only does small-group instruction increase student focus and engagement, it gives you the opportunity to scaffold students who need extra support. “There is no scientific evidence that putting all students in a single instructional material results in anything other than many students being left behind (Allington, R. (2009). What really matters in response to intervention, p. 32).
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