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We all know that small group reading instruction time is really important. It's important that we have that time to work with those small groups of students to help them grow as readers. However, what do the rest of the students do during this small group time? You need those students to be engaged, productive, on task, and not interrupting your small group time. This ... Read More

We all know the importance of small group instruction in upper elementary classrooms, where there can be a wide range of reading abilities and diverse needs. Often, the only way to really address these differences is through small group instruction. However, it can be difficult to fit small groups into your existing schedule, especially if your time is limited. This post ... Read More

While many students really shine in small group settings, it's not without its challenges. Have you ever noticed how some students might behave differently in small groups than in whole group sessions? Well, you're not alone! This post shares tips and strategies for managing and engaging students during small group instruction, specifically in reading groups. 1. Set ... Read More

Some random teaching memories stick with you as a teacher. One of those memories for me was when a reading interventionist told me that my struggling students could benefit from syllable type instruction. It stuck with me because, in that moment, I had no idea what she was talking about and definitely no idea how to teach my students this or why it was even ... Read More

Multisyllabic words can be challenging for students. Understanding the six types of syllables can help make these complex words much more manageable (and help you review and reteach phonics patterns). This post will describe a variety of engaging six syllable types activities that will help your 4th and 5th grade students decode and even spell multisyllabic words, ... Read More

Small group reading instruction in 4th and 5th grade can be daunting. You may have a class of readers with huge ranges. Some of your students may be struggling to read multi-syllabic words and then other students may be reading novels on grade level and beyond. This blog post will go over some different types of small groups that you can have in your classroom. Then I'll ... Read More

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Welcome friends! I’m Jennifer Findley: a teacher, mother, and avid reader. I believe that with the right resources, mindset, and strategies, all students can achieve at high levels and learn to love learning. My goal is to provide resources and strategies to inspire you and help make this belief a reality for your students. Learn more about me.