Small group work is one of the best opportunities for differentiated instruction. Too often, though, I found my own small group work was done on the fly, and thus, was not as purposeful or as effective as it could have been. Then I began to make small group work a focus of not only my lessons, but also my planning. This session will shift attendees' thinking from "small group work" towards "strategy mini-lessons" that are planned, purposeful, data-based, and supported by exemplars and mentor texts. My goal is for teachers to leave the session with concrete tools and strategies that they can begin implementing right away in order to improve student learning. Come learn how you can make small group work the cornerstone of your literacy instruction.
Andreas has been an elementary homeroom teacher for six years in Toronto, Myanmar, and Colombia, and is in his first year as an ELL teacher in Saanich. Andreas believes strongly in differentiated instruction and has found small group work to be one of the most effective and often overlooked avenues for creating an inclusive classroom. As a novice teacher, teaching literacy scared the bejeezus out of him, but now it has become a passion. He has received extensive training from the Columbia University Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project, and has previously presented to teachers on the topics of differentiation, technology, writing strategies, and collaborative teacher teams.