Making the Most of Small Groups: Differentiation for All

Making the Most of Small Groups: Differentiation for All

by Debbie Diller
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Making the Most of Small Groups: Differentiation for All by Debbie Diller

In her previous books, Literacy Work Stations and Practice with Purpose, Debbie Diller showed teachers how to productively occupy the "rest of the class" while meeting with small groups. Now Debbie turns her attention to the groups themselves and the teacher's role in small-group instruction. Making the Most of Small Groups grapples with difficult questions regarding small-group instruction in elementary classrooms 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 lessons, 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, Debbie provides an overview of relevant research and reflection questions for professional conversations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571107794
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 01/28/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 492,235
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Debbie has been a national consultant since 2000, but still has those "back to school" dreams in the fall. After playing school in the basement of her childhood home in Lititz, Pennsylvania, she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Millersville University and Temple University and spent the next four decades as an educator. She's worked as a classroom teacher, migrant education teacher, Title I reading teacher, and literacy coach in Pre-K through grade 10 in diverse public school settings. Her love of teaching stems from her love of learning. "I have always loved learning. Becoming a teacher was a way I could share that love of learning with children and eventually, with adults."

A big part of her learning is listening to teachers and their professional development needs. "When I work with teachers, I try to understand their needs by finding out what they know and listening to their questions. Then I begin where they are and work with them to help them take the next steps toward where they (and/or their school systems) want (them) to be. I believe in professional reading and professional learning communities, and support teachers in their quest to best meet the needs of all students in their classrooms."

Debbie's ideas for her books also come from her work with teachers. She listens for frequently asked questions, patterns, teachers' needs, and keeps a writer's notebook to collect ideas, thoughts, and notes. "Often, the old joke comes to mind: "how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." That's how I write: Bit by bit, on planes, in hotel rooms, in my office on a rare day. Teachers' questions and comments spur me on through my daily, ongoing work in classrooms, which sustains my craft."

Debbie's family has changed and grown in recent years. Her son, Jon, and daughter, Jessica, are both married, and she now has a granddaughter, Chloe, with another on the way. Debbie's husband, Tom, passed away in 2012.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A friend recommended this book to me as our district is requiring using guiding reading during our reading block. Not having the training needed, this book gave me lots of information I had questions about. This is a valuable resource if you are going to teach reading groups. I also recommend her other books on organizing your room and literacy centers.
MissCrabtree More than 1 year ago
This book has provided useful ideas that I can use with my students. Debbie has worked in classrooms with teachers and brings her wonderful ideas to teachers in her books. This book is useful for veteran teachers as well as new teachers just starting out. I also suggest her books that help in the actual set up of classrooms.
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