Sunday, May 19, 2013

Small Groups has been a topic of discussion throughout the year. Here are several articles on the topic from Maine's Choice Literacy. They will help clarify our thoughts. Enjoy:}

Here are three articles from the Choice Literacy archives with different perspectives on grouping.
Franki Sibberson considers alternatives to guided groups in the intermediate grades:

Making the Most of Small Groups with Jennifer Serravallo is a podcast featuring the author of Teaching Reading in Small Groups:

Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan provide guidance for Planning Small Groups to Teach Phonetic Skills:

Friday, May 10, 2013

3 Ways to Improve Reading Comprehension courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Students need to learn how to digest what they read rather than simply scan text for the answer to a question, science educator Fred Ende writes in this blog post. Ende notes many exams seek responses that allow students to "scavenge" texts, and he proposes three ideas -- including rewording questions -- to help teachers ensure students gain a deeper understanding of reading material. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (5/9)