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Small Reading Group Management

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    Brandi Jordan
    Teaching since: 1996
    Pennsylvania
  • September 2, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    How do you manage your small reading groups and all of the supplies associated with them?

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  • Literacy/Reading Specialist
    Elementary School
    Teaching since: 1990
    Florida
  • September 30, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    As a first-grade teacher, I try to keep all the materials I need right at my fingertips (for efficiency) since every minute counts in small group. So I use a lot of bins and organizer containers. Labeled bins with leveled readers are behind me on shelves. Dry erase boards/markers/erase, sentence strips/scissors, magnetic letter in baggies, guided writing journals, pencils, my lesson plan templates and running record sheets are also behind me and in a little rolling drawer organizer next to me. I try to pull 3 groups a day, but honestly, sometimes I only have time for 2. I trained my students for the first 4 weeks on how to work as independently as they possibly can so that I can give all my attention to the students at the table with me. They know to “ask three before me” if they are stuck on anything. I keep them accountable for their center time by having them write something form the center(s) they visited–just cheap steno notebooks from our district warehouse. This keeps them focused and accountable. I love your centers in a bag and so do my kids—I don’t have to prep anything! I introduce it in small group, and then they are ready to go on their own with them! I keep a timer to keep me on track and rotate my groups every 15 minutes. Without my centers there is no way that I could pull small groups every day.

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    Kindergarten
    Teaching since: 2000
    Wyoming
  • October 3, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    We do walk to read and at this time I have the strategic group so I have a small group. We split them into two smaller groups and I take one group and my Para takes the other. I have two buckets that have the compartments in them where I keep pencils, scissors, and glue sticks. I also have this 10 drawer tower that I keep all of my papers for the week in. Luckily there are shelves behind one table where we can keep other supplies we need. I have a small three drawer caddie next to my table where I keep white boards and markers.

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  • Teaching since: 1996
    Pennsylvania
  • October 4, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Those are great ideas, @julieann and @megan ! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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