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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of January 28th

posted Jan 28, 2018, 6:00 PM by Courtney Richardson   [ updated Jan 28, 2018, 6:03 PM ]
Creating Flexible Small Groups

A first-grade teacher emailed me last month asking for help with grouping. After assessing her students, she had more groups than she could manage. This is a common occurrence at all grade levels. Here are some tips for creating flexible small groups:
1. Use the Assessment Summary Charts to summarize the data on individual students. There is a chart for each reading stage, pre-A through fluent. You can download the charts from our Resources page.
2. Consider a range of instructional text levels when forming small instructional groups. Students are rarely at a specific level like a D or a P. They are more likely a C/D or P/Q/R. Look beyond the accuracy level and analyze the types of errors, the fluency, and the child’s comprehension. Once you determine the instructional ranges, select groups based on your focus. You might have a group of students reading at text levels P/Q who need to improve accuracy and fluency, or another group at Q/R who may need to work on deeper comprehension. 
3. If a student doesn’t fit well into any group, teach the student individually with the 10-minute lesson plan or work with your teammates to share students.
4. Consider regrouping every few weeks. As your students make progress, update the assessment summary chart and create new groupings. Keep your groups flexible and targeted. Always remember to Assess – Decide – Guide so that every student becomes a better reader.