Teaching Reading

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Teaching Reading
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Mon, 08-01-2005 - 4:52pm

I teach 4th grade. My co-teacher, the other 4th grade teacher, has another obligation during the day. I just found out that the principal is asking the "Reading Specialist" to teach my co-teacher's reading class while she is gone. The principal is also asking that I schedule reading at the same time as the other 4th grade class, and that we work very closely together. The "Reading Specialists" would need to work with any 4th grade students from either class who are in need of her special services during the class (instead of a small group pull-out situation).

In this situation, would you ablity group and put the low readers in one class and high readers in the other? How might they be different? Another option would be for us would be to use mixed groups with high and low in each group where students help each other out (this is the way I currently do Reading). Any other thoughts/options out there? Pros/Cons?

Really, anything and everything you have to say here would be helpful. I start school in one week (but the kids start in two)!

Thanks in advance!

Tamie

Feb 09 Siggy

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Tue, 08-02-2005 - 10:35am

I think I might look at flexible grouping. If you have diagnostics, could you work out a schedule or routine that would focus on different aspects and activities using flexible groups? If so, I'd set up a time that the specialist could work with students

Sherry

 

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Tue, 08-02-2005 - 11:56am

Thanks, Sherry! I appreciate your input! I didn't realize that I had so many options. I will print your ideas and share them with the Reading Specialist (as soon as they hire one), and then I will come back for more information as I need it. (I WILL need it! LOL!)

Thanks again.

Tamie

Feb 09 Siggy

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Tue, 08-02-2005 - 12:30pm

You're welcome. Ask away, and I hope I can answer!


Sherry

Sherry