Finally, small group instruction!
I am finally maybe an eighth of the way to figuring out small group instruction in reading for my 6th graders. First of all, let me give you a brief scenario of why it is SO hard to fit this into our day:
1. State mandated curriculum takes A LOT of time to cover
2. Some students work at a slower pace than others, so things in class take time to complete
3. Since we are required to “give” at least 10 grades per subject per 6 weeks, it seems that 1 day each week is essentially devoted to testing
4. Because of the complexity of the 6th grade curriculum, there is a need to add lots of repetition into our schedule to hopefully ensure that ALL students eventually master each thing
5. Our beloved (insert sarcasm here) required reading program is-TIME CONSUMING, DIFFICULT, OFTEN BORING, AND NEVER ENDING which means that A LOT of our time needs to be devoted to covering it. I will leave it at that!
6. We can’t forget about our many daily interruptions-intercom announcements, student check-outs/check-ins, behavior problems, etc. One day my students and I tallied our interruptions and by the end of the day we had 18 total!!
I’m probably not even listing all the reasons why it’s hard to fit in small group instruction, but you see where I’m coming from with the 6 I listed above.
Oh, yeah-I have approximately 2 hours 15 minutes (?) with each of my 2 classes.
Obviously, I can’t implement small group instruction like the earlier grades are able to. So here’s my plan (and I have actually followed it for 3 days this week!).
I will allow a 20-30 minute time slot in our day (each class) for small group help Monday-Thursday. Each day a different area will be covered. Phonics/Vocabulary/Fluency/Comprehension. Of course, the 1st three are the building blocks to comprehension anyway! The students themselves will decide if they want help. If they do, they will sign their name on a clipboard and meet me at the table.
The other students will Read to Self. I’ll report back to you soon and give you the some statistics like number of students requesting help, etc. Today I had 7 in each class that came for help. I really thought I would have had more, but we’ll see how it goes!
In my ideal classroom world, my instruction would probably look something like this:
20%-Whole Class Instruction
20%-Small Group Instruction
In reality, it has been looking like this:
90%-Whole Class Instruction
10%-Small Group Instruction (Hit and Miss)
I at least hope to reach this:
70%-Whole Class Instruction
30%-Small Group Instruction
Now that I have rambled enough about all of this, I will let your brain rest. 🙂 Will post more later!
And for you teachers out there that have messaged me about some reading resources I am working on them as quickly as I can!!! Sorry I’ve been so busy! 🙂
Posted on February 2, 2012, in Small Group Instruction and tagged 6th grade reading, 6th grade small group instruction, Curriculum, Reading, Sixth grade, Small Group Instruction. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.