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What Are You Grouping For?, Grades 3-8

What Are You Grouping For?, Grades 3-8
How to Guide Small Groups Based on Readers - Not the Book

Foreword by Mary Howard

August 2018 | 368 pages | Corwin

Bring out daring readers with dynamic small groups!

Like many educators in intermediate classrooms across the country, you may be using guided reading principles to teach reading. Whether you’re following Fountas and Pinnell’s principles or sticking with your school’s established routines, chances are that guided reading has become synonymous with small group reading for you and your students. But . . . are your students getting the most out of small groups? Are readers of all ability levels experiencing the dynamic learning that can occur in small groups? Do you feel confident that the way you’re grouping kids is based on their wants and needs?

Intermediate grade readers don’t need to be guided as much as they need to be engaged—and authors Julie Wright and Barry Hoonan have solutions for doing just that using small groups. What Are You Grouping For? offers the practical tools, classroom examples, and actionable steps essential for starting, sustaining, and mastering the management of small groups. This book explains the five teacher moves that work together to support students’ reading independence through small group learning—kidwatching, pivoting, assessing, curating, and planning—and provides examples to guide you and your students toward success. 

From must-have beginning-of-the-year strategies to step-by-step advice for implementation, this guide breaks down the processes that support small groups and help create effective instructional reading programs. Based on more than 45 years of combined experience in the classroom, this resource will empower you with tools to ensure that your readers are doing the reading, thinking, and doing—not you

Foreword Mary Howard
CHAPTER 1 A New Way of Thinking About Small Group Learning Experiences (because being up close to students is what drives discovery)
Two Essential Questions This Chapter Helps You Answer
The Five Teacher Moves
Kidwatching 2.0  
Pivoting Into Flexible Groups  
Assessing Student Work  
Combating the Challenges So You Can Do the 5 Moves
One Last Thing
CHAPTER 2 The Launch (because who doesn’t need beginning-of-the-year strategies)
Two Essential Questions This Chapter Helps You Answer
Ideas for the First Days of School
Listening In & Joining In
A Few Weeks Into the School Year
One Last Thing
CHAPTER 3 Scheduling (because schedules are key for the launch and beyond)
Reading Workshop: Daily Plans for Groups
Getting Started, Quick Groups
Groups That Might Meet Across the Year
Small Group Foundational Q & A
One Last Thing
CHAPTER 4 Kidwatching 2.0 (because it’s all about orient, notice, take stock, inquire)
Two Essential Questions This Chapter Helps You Answer
Our Kidwatching 2.0 Protocol
Take Stock  
Tips for Getting Started
Using Your Notes to Form Groups
4-Step Process for Going from Kidwatching to Small Group
Example of Small Group Work Based on Kidwatching Data
One Last Thing
CHAPTER 5 Pivoting Into Flexible Groups (because it’s the teacher moves that keeps readers moving forward)
Two Essential Questions This Chapter Helps You Answer
The List of Reasons for Pivoting
The Teacher’s Role
Types of Groups to Pivot Into and Out Of
Timing is Everything: More About the Duration of Groups
Language for Joining In
One Last Thing
CHAPTER 6 Assessing Student Work (because looking at our readers’ work lifts their strategies, skills, and thinking)
Two Essential Questions This Chapter Helps You Answer
Assessing with Learner-Centered Benchmarks
What to Look At
How to Sort Student Work
Planning a Focus for Instruction & Putting It Into Action
More Examples of How to Use Work to Inform Grouping Decisions
One Last thing
CHAPTER 7 Curating (because selecting the right texts inspire readers to be connoisseurs)
Two Essential Questions This Chapter Helps You Answer
Teachers and Students as Curators
Teachers as Curators
Steps for Curating
1. Kidwatch  
2. Curate and select  
3. Decide  
4. Spark  
5. Read and construct meaning  
6. Reflect  
Zooming in on Step 2: Curate and Select
Zooming in on Step 3: Decision-Making
Steps 4-6: Spark, Constructing Meaning, and Reflection
Students as Curators
Exemplars of Students as Curators
One Last Thing
CHAPTER 8 Unit Planning (because small groups are best anchored in a harbor of big ideas)
Planning: The Reality Show
8 Surefire Steps
1. Develop a year-long plan  
2. Develop a unit overview  
3. Define what & why  
4. Use the standards  
5. Outline essential questions  
6. Write learning targets  
7. Curate resources  
8. Determine student work products  
One Last Thing
CHAPTER 9 Weekly & Daily Planning (because weekly & daily plans chart the course for small group experiences)
Creating a Calendar for Weekly and Daily Lesson Planning
Zooming in on Step 5: Making Plans for Small group Learning Opportunities
Some Popular, Proven Models to Guide You
Barry’s Planning Process for Hosting Two Groups
Julie’s One-Week Plan of Lessons for Launching a Unit
Student-Driven Planning
Putting It Into Practice: Examples from Our Classrooms
One Last Thing
Appendix: Ready-to-Copy Teacher & Student Reflection/Planning Pages

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