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Where Have All the Bluebirds Gone?: How to Soar with Flexible Grouping / Edition 1
     

Where Have All the Bluebirds Gone?: How to Soar with Flexible Grouping / Edition 1

by Joanne Caldwell, Michael P Ford
 

ISBN-10: 0325004374

ISBN-13: 9780325004372

Pub. Date: 09/23/2002

Publisher: Heinemann

There is more to grouping readers than the traditional grouping by ability with each level not so cleverly disguised by names like bluebirds, redbirds, and crows. Flexible grouping allows teachers to address today's increasingly diverse classrooms and their diverse needs. In this practical, hands-on guidebook, JoAnne Schudt Caldwell and Michael P. Ford describe a

Overview

There is more to grouping readers than the traditional grouping by ability with each level not so cleverly disguised by names like bluebirds, redbirds, and crows. Flexible grouping allows teachers to address today's increasingly diverse classrooms and their diverse needs. In this practical, hands-on guidebook, JoAnne Schudt Caldwell and Michael P. Ford describe a variety of grouping patterns and ways to implement them throughout the elementary grades.

First they examine the most recent research on grouping practices in reading programs to present a rationale for moving these practices in new directions. Then, using an easily accessible question-and-answer format, they explore the "how to's" of alternative grouping practices, including:

  • whole room instruction
  • small-group formats
  • cooperative grouping
  • working in pairs
  • individualized reading programs.
To demonstrate how flexible grouping really works, the authors visit classrooms at different grade levels to capture the stories of teachers who have implemented flexible patterns in their reading programs. Along the way, they discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each pattern so that readers can make informed decisions and avoid common pitfalls when implementing a program of their own.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325004372
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
09/23/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range:
5 - 13 Years

Table of Contents

Grouping Patterns in Reading Instruction

Whole-Group Instruction

Flexible Small-Group Instruction

Individualized Reading Programs

Cooperative Grouping

Paired Grouping

Wee Readers

Reading Workshop for the First-Grade Emergent Reader

Reading Workshop in a Multiage Classroom

Grouping Without Tracking

Flexible Grouping in Middle School

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