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Old 08-18-2010, 10:31 AM
 
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How would you answer this?

I am interviewing for a reading specialist position tomorrow and am quite sure the diff. instruction will come up. I am drawing a blank when it comes to differentiating in small groups, as all my other experience has been with whole classrooms. Any ideas?


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I would first separate the students based on reading levels and then put each student in a group similar to his/her reading level. This will help you tailor each reading lesson to the needs of the students.

Hope this helps!
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:53 AM
 
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...always use a search engine!

Since they don't allow us to post links on this site, I have to guide you through this:

1) Type in "differentiated instruction in small groups" on Yahoo. A PowerPoint presentation entitled "Downloadable PowerPoint" should come up as the first item.

2) SAVE the PowerPoint (I tried opening it off the bat but my computer didn't want to do that for some reason. However, I saved it and then opened it and it was OK).

3) Look through the presentation. After a while there comes some information about reading in small groups.

Hope it gives you some good solid points. Be aware that this information is for North Carolina. Don't know how much of it you can use, but it looks very good. Type in alternative phrases on the search engine as well for what you need.
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Ditto to PP...also include that differentiating means flexible grouping. As a skill is mastered, the small group disbands. Their individual learning, mastery and assessments will dictate your instruction.

4Turtles, just wondering what kind of credential/education you have to be qualified for a reading specialist. That's something I'd love to do further on in my career!
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Be sure to show that you know the difference between guided reading groups and strategy groups and how/when you'd use both. Also mention the benefits of individual reading conferences and how/when you'd use them! Good luck!


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I am working on my Masters of Ed. with a literacy emphasis. After the degree, I have to take a test through the state for the reading endorsement to be added onto my license. In this state, you can be a part time reading specialist with only the endorsement being "desired." Of course, they want you to have the endorsement and would take an applicant who had it over someone who did not. To be a full time reading specialist, you must be endorsed. Hope this helps. Oh, by the way, I am in OR.
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