To Group Or Not To Group

  • Karen, a second year third grade teacher at Madison School has increased responsibility this year. Last year her district decided to cut back a number of positions, including that of their reading specialist. In years past, Karen had depended heavily on Carla, Madison School's reading specialist, especially since the students who attend Madison School come from diverse backgrounds and have many different types of academic needs. Without Carla to help her support her low achieving students, Karen faces new challenges as she tries to accommodate the needs of all her students. Ability grouping her students has become routine and a bit boring for the entire class, so Karen decides to try using cooperative grouping and graphic organizers to meet the learning needs of all her students and infuse some variety into reading time along the way.

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