I've been there
12262016, 09:41 PM


I taught a reading class like this, but with 24 kids and 4 adults. We took a small group each day after a whole group start. Here are a few ideas that come to mind.
1. Keep it fresh.  I had three sets of small groups prepared so the groups changed as I needed. Some were paired by same level, some boygirl, some by mixed level.
2. Focus on attention & instruction.  Small group focus was on one activity with many repititions and each person taking a turn. Students were allowed to engage however they could to stay attentive, but we were very strict with behavior reports if they went off track. (Visual warning card first, report for repeated warned behavior)
3. Simplify & scaffold.  I used this in tutor time and it worked to build basic math skills for our lowest students. I would point to and read the problems on the basic math fact sheets so the student could focus energy on figuring it out and writing the answer. After a few months, these students had weaned to whisper readers and pointed to their own problems on fact sheets. I also cut their problems in half and challenged them to finish more each day. They used a mult. table to fill in and learn mult. facts. Repitition is the key.
4. Use the Chromebooks as a reward.  Make a goal that is easily attained if the students stay attentive most of class. Allow some time (20 minutes) once weekly with the Chromebooks as a reward. Use that time to make up work that slacking students need to do. In a few weeks, those who can do it, will. Keep this time all year and hopefully you will have some prep time when the students are successful.
