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Partner Reading: Helping Peers Teach Peers

In this video from Linda Karamatic’s second-grade classroom, two girls meet with Linda to develop tips to share with their classmates on how to partner read successfully.

Found Poetry in Second Grade

Linda Karamatic teaches a small group of her second graders about found poetry.

Inferring Small Group in 5th Grade

Karen Terlecky meets with a small group in her 5th grade class to discuss the strategy of inferring.

Guiding Groups in Middle School: Reading Poetry

Katie Doherty works with a small group of sixth graders who need extra support as they read the poem “Aspects of Autumn.”

Listen In: Strategies for Using Nonfiction Texts in Writing

The line between copying and plagiarizing can be a difficult one for young students to understand.  In this video, Heather Rader and Linda Karamatic share a humane strategy for helping two second graders craft nonfiction writing.

Conferring About Inferring

This reading conference from Katie Doherty’s middle school classroom builds on the whole-class lesson, and demonstrates the value of partner reading for older students.

Book Club Meetings in 3rd Grade

Beth Lawson explains how she sets up book clubs in her 3rd grade classroom.

What is the Content for Small-Group Instruction? (Part 2 of the Grouping Series)

Heather Rader considers how assessments and observations might be used to create flexible groups.

The Five-Minute Solution: Mini-Groups after Minilessons to Maximize Conferring Time

Aimee’ Buckner’s mini-groups are an easy and simple way to differentiate instruction in workshops, and save time when conferring.

Guiding Reading Partners: Work on Accuracy

In this reading conference from a 2nd grade classroom, Linda Karamatic pairs two children who have similar needs in reading.

Middle School Book Clubs: Introduction

Katie Doherty explains why she has book clubs with her 6th grade students.

Middle School Book Clubs: Response Options

Students have different response options in Katie Doherty’s sixth grade book clubs.

Middle School Book Clubs in Action

Katie Doherty talks about the links between strategy lessons and book club work in her 6th grade classroom. Katie also sits in on a book club discussion.

Words and Images: Mentor Texts for Second Grade Boys

In this conference with two of her second-grade students, Linda Karamatic shares mentor texts and tips to help them with their writing. Both boys are writing stories with strong visual components.

Preschool Centers

Centers can be an effective teaching and learning strategy in preschools. In this video, Melissa Kolb shares her rationale for using centers in her Head Start classroom with video examples of centers.

Voila! Best Writing and Entry Slips in Second Grade

The word voila in French literally means “see there.” Linda Karamatic puts time and reflection into creating a binder, or “voila book,” that will ease the bulging writing workshop folders and preserve the best of her second-grade students’ writing.

Launching a Book Club in 4th Grade

In this video from Andrea Smith’s 4th grade classroom, students get organized for a small group author study of Andrew Clements.

Guided Reading in Perspective

Cathy Mere puts guided reading in perspective, explaining how it works as one piece of the puzzle when it comes to fostering a lifelong love of reading in students.

Grouping: Who? How Big? How Often?

In this first installment of a series on grouping, Heather Rader considers size, composition, and frequency.

How Do We Structure Small Groups? (Part 3 of the Grouping Series)

Heather Rader synthesizes recommendations and provides examples of how grouping structures work in classrooms.

How Do We Know Small-Group Instruction is Effective?

Heather Rader considers how to assess the effectiveness of groups.

Guiding a Struggling Middle School Book Club

What do you do about those book clubs that just don’t gel in your middle school classroom? Katie Doherty demonstrates how she guides a struggling group of sixth graders, helping them reflect and converse together.

Sorting Students for Flexible Groups Across Classrooms

Jennifer Jones explains how one team of second-grade teachers formed guided reading groups across classrooms to marshal resources and expand their collaboration.

Ready for Guided Reading? A Second Look

Shari Frost updates her original essay on guided reading with her latest thinking and criteria for placing students in guided reading groups.

One Book/Four Hands: Mentoring Younger Readers Using Picture Books

Paul Hankins describes the power of pairing high school and elementary students in a partner reading program.

Readers’ Theater Revisited

Katie DiCesare becomes reacquainted with an old curricular friend.  But in trying reader’s theater again in her primary classroom, she finds ways to streamline the process and foster more independence in students.

Planning Small Groups to Teach Phonetic Skills

The gap between a child learning a phonetic rule and actually being able to apply it is one that often vexes teachers.  Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan find systematic planning and routines for focused small-group work help many of their colleagues succeed in their phonics instruction.

When to Group?

Reading groups are such an ingrained element of our teaching culture that teachers can feel guilty if they choose other instructional methods. In this conversation with fourth-grade teacher Rachel, Joan Moser and Gail Boushey (“The Sisters”) talk about when it makes sense to group students.

Book Clubs: Setting the Stage with Conferring

We want students to discuss books in thoughtful, sophisticated ways in book clubs, but those skills don’t always come naturally.  (Wait – do those skills ever come naturally?) Beth Lawson explains how she confers with individual children in her third-grade classroom to prepare them for independent book clubs with peers.

Guiding Readers in Kindergarten: A Planning and Assessment Template

If you’re considering guided reading groups in your kindergarten classroom, you’ll want to read Mandy Robek’s advice for getting started and keeping track with a simple planning and assessment form.

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