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Making the Most of Small Groups: Differentiation for All

Author and Bio

Debbie Diller has been refining her skills in teaching reading to small groups for the past fifteen years. Today she travels around the country working with teachers and their students to implement engaging literacy practices, including meaningful whole-group, small-group, and independent work that meets the needs of all students. During her thirty years as an educator, she has taught grades PreK-10 and has worked as a classroom teacher, Title 1 reading teacher, migrant education teacher, literacy coach and author/consultant. Debbie is also the author of the books Literacy Word Stations and Practice with Purpose, and the video set Launching Literacy Stations.

Summary of Book

This book focuses on the small group and the teacher's role in small-group instruction. Making the Most of Small Groups grapples with difficult questions regarding small-group instruction, such as:

  • How do I find the time?
  • How can I be more organized?
  • How do I form groups?
  • How can I differentiate to meet the needs of all of my students?

Structured around the five essential reading elements-comprehension, fluency, phonemic awareness, phonics, and vocabulary-the book provides practical tips, sample lesson plans, lesson plans and templates, suggestions for related literacy work stations, and connections to whole-group instruction. In addition to ideas to use immediately in the classroom, Diller provides an overview of relevant research and reflection questions for professional conversations.

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