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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of December 16th

posted Dec 16, 2018, 7:38 PM by Courtney Richardson
From Whole Group to Small Group Instruction
Recently, I had the privilege of modeling lessons for classroom teachers and literacy coaches in Chattanooga, TN. The focus of the training was to show how to increase the effectiveness and efficiency by teaching the same comprehensions strategy during whole group and guided reading lessons. For example, in second grade, I taught a whole-group lesson on vocabulary strategies (module 7) using the picture book, Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant. Then after that 20-minute lesson, I taught the same strategy in a guided reading lesson using a different text at the group’s instructional reading level. Threading the same strategy from whole to small group instruction saves time during the guided reading lesson because you don’t have to model the strategy.
After the lessons, I met with the teachers to reflect on the process. We came to the conclusion that teaching whole class lessons is an efficient way to model a comprehension strategy, but the most important part of the process is supporting the students as they practice the comprehension strategy with a text at their level. Next week I’ll share some of the challenges of teaching a whole-class lesson and some techniques you might try to help solve the problems.