Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Making the Most of Small Groups: Differentiation for All

Debbie Diller's Making the Most of Small Groups: Differentiation for All will help you find the time, get organized, and form groups for reading instruction in grades K-3. It's filled with practical tips, lessons, and templates as well as discussion questions for you and your colleagues.
Making the Most of Small Groups grapples with difficult questions regarding small-group instruction in elementary classrooms such as:
How do I find the time?
How can I be more organized?
How do I form groups?
How can I differentiate to meet the needs of all of my students?

Structured around the five essential reading elements—comprehension, fluency, phonemic awareness, phonics, and vocabulary—the book provides practical tips, sample lessons, lesson plans and templates, suggestions for related literacy work stations, and connections to whole-group instruction. In addition to ideas to use immediately in the classroom, Debbie provides an overview of relevant research and reflection questions for professional conversations.

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