Small groups are an essential piece of every elementary classroom’s reading block.
My first year teaching, small groups were not part of the instructional model. We taught whole group and then worked with individuals who struggled with that day’s lesson. I was brand-new to teaching. My students learned. I saw growth. Their fluency improved. But did I truly know my students? No. Did I personalize their learning? No.
My next year teaching, small groups emerged and my life changed. My students’ lives changed. I knew my students better then ever. I was able to personalize their learning. They made the biggest gains in all aspects of their reading abilities.
The Institute of Education Sciences determined that small group instruction is a highly effective differentiating strategy that has a significant impact on student achievement.
To help my teachers this year, I have created a few different options for small group data forms. In the past, some teachers didn’t keep data- but this year it is a school wide requirement. It’s not that those teachers couldn’t accurately describe in great detail each students’ successes, struggles, growth, etc. But it was documented. The day-to-day documentation helps in conferences, class groupings, and the most in proving the need to develop a 504 or IEP for a student who would benefit from specific support services.
Some of the options are geared more towards primary and skill-based, while others are geared towards intermediate and discussion-based.
Here is an example of the form I used last year with my Print & Teach pack. I used this pack frequently last year. I provide differentiated passages and activities on three levels. Check that pack out here-
The next is an example of an intermediate form or one to be used with a discussion-based small group. Below the example uses a passage from my Awesome Animals Nonfiction Pack. Check that pack out here-
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