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It's definitely a challenge as a 4th and 5th grade teacher to have students who are reading 2+ grade levels below. Unfortunately, it is also a reality for many teachers. One of the most difficult parts is finding a way to teach and have those students practice grade-level skills in a way that is accessible and appropriate for them. Of course, we want to determine what ... Read More

When students get to 4th and 5th grade, there's an expectation that they are reading to learn and that they have already mastered the skill of reading. However, that's really not the case for many students ...and sometimes for the majority of our students. One issue that holds students back in reading are deficits or gaps in their phonics skills. This is especially ... Read More

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

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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.

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