Small Group Strategy Instruction is a support system that brings learners together to practice a particular skill or strategy in texts that are easily accessible. The objective is to create a supportive context in which strategies are practiced while the teacher coaches and scaffolds for independence. The goal is for students to problem-solve, doing as much of the work themselves as possible, while the teacher coaches and extends understanding. (Lynda Hoyt)
Teachers who already use this strategy know that successful implementation doesn’t happen overnight.
To effectively have small group instruction we have to:
- The need to build student stamina to work independently while not working with in a small group.
- Routines and procedures are clear so students are engaged while not working in a group.
- Formative assessments to monitor to make sure students needs are being met (differentiation)
I will be emailing you to set up an appointment during your conference time to talk about small group instruction. (Or if you are anxious to set up a time and don’t want to wait, email me and I’ll get you on the schedule first!) We have TONS of experts right in our own building and I would love to set up times for you to observe each other or for me to co-teach with you. I look forward to working & learning with you!!