As small group instructional reading is put in place, what the others are doing remains a challenge in many classrooms. While it is important to note the different dynamics in classrooms, our goal is to have all students engaged while the small group teacher-led instructional reading takes place.
“Busy” work may keep some students quiet but most often learning gains are small. This type of activity also involves the already busy teacher in substantial preparation and marking with little learning for the students.
This session explores setting up the classroom for small group instructional reading and effective small group learning. Sound classroom management is necessary to ensure all students are learning throughout the Reading Hour.
A range of suitable rich tasks for individuals or small groups are described in addition to exploring ways to facilitate engagement. The use of technology to enhance teaching and learning is also explored.