Teaching Reading in Small Groups

Jennifer Serravallo

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Teaching Reading in Small Groups

By Jennifer Serravallo
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In Teaching Reading in Small Groups, Jennifer Serravallo extends the powerful teaching that made Conferring with Readers a hit and helps you meet instructional challenges effectively and efficiently.

Jen shows how small groups help you uncover hidden time in your teaching for meeting individual students’ needs. You’ll work more closely with more children each day with her how-tos on:

  • using formative assessment to create groups of readers with common needs
  • differentiating for individuals, even when they’re in a group
  • enhancing your Tier 1 and Tier 2 instruction.
You’ll see how Jen captures the strength of individual conference while working with multiple students—even if they aren’t reading the same book. For comprehension, fluency, engagement, print work strategies, and comprehension, she shares ideas for assessment and flexible grouping structures as well as her own teaching language. You’ll help readers:
  • get into texts and get more out of them
  • learn vital strategies that help them read more challenging texts
  • talk about books with rigor and vigour.
"When we supplement individual conferences with small-group conferences," writes Jennifer Serravallo, "we work more efficiently and can deal well with higher benchmarks, larger class sizes, and the increasing demands placed on readers and teachers." Trust a master teacher and read Teaching Reading in Small Groups to find out how small groups can make a big difference in your classroom.
Table of contents
  1. Beyond Reading Groups, Beyond Guided Reading
  2. Forming Groups: Making the Invisible Visible Through Assessment
  3. Without Engagement, We’ve Got Nothing: Helping Children Want to Read
  4. Guided Practice Toward Independence: Strategy Lessons for Comprehension, Print Work, and Fluency
  5. Talking About Books: Improving Partnerships and Clubs
  6. Reading with Fluency and Expression: Shared Reading, Warm-Up and Transfer Groups, and Performance Clubs
  7. Moving Readers to the Next Level: Text-Level Introduction Groups
  8. Organizing and Managing Small-Group Conferring: Common Questions

Jennifer Serravallo’s resources are built to help identify and address reading and writing needs using strategies suited to individual students.

All the resources can work together or separately, to help teachers create classrooms where students are joyfully engaged and the instruction is meaningfully individualised to students' goals.


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