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Technology Coordinator for @BoazSchools, EdD in Educational Leadership, National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy, Avid Twitterer @WhiteheadsClass, Certified ALEX Trainer, Certified Google for Education Trainer, Google Levels 1 and 2 Educator

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What Works Wednesday-Small Groups Instruction

I have selected Wednesdays to share tips of what works well in my classroom. As a 4th grade teacher, I experience kids who won't ask their teacher questions. In fact, it is a proven, researched fact that something happens between 3rd and 4th grades where kids stop asking for help. I have found a proven strategy to give kids one on one individualized, differentiated instruction is by teaching in small groups. Currently, my kids participate in small groups for reading and math. I have found that kids become more successful because the "fear factor" is gone because of a small group setting. I can also catch struggles before they become problems. Often, the teacher moves from the role of instructor to facilitator. Small groups have transformed my students and their test scores. I encourage any teacher to become a small group facilitator!