Center/Small Group Management question

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  1. pwhatley

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    My small group rotations are pretty much based on the Daily 5 + computers & teacher table. Some groups I meet with daily, others 2-3 times per week. The groups at my teacher table are based on ability (homogeneous). I would like to make the rest of the rotations (mine are not free choice - my kiddos need more structure than that) heterogeneous, but my brain is not working it out. If you do anything similar, please explain it to me! I'll be grateful for any insights you may have!:help:
     
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  3. mopar

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    How big are your groups? Do your students need to rotate together?

    Let's say that you have 5 stations and groups of 5. In your group, assign each student a different starting station.
     
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    Can you do the centers and guided reading at different times?

    For example:
    -Pull 1 guided reading group 1st thing in the morning while the kids do morning work.

    -Pull another during "read to self"

    -Pull the 3rd group during part of writing
     
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    Let's say that each of your groups has 5 students. So all the a's are a guided reading group, all the b's are a guided reading group, etc.

    Rotation 1: all the a students are with you (a1, a2, a3, a4, a5)
    Read to Self: b1, c1, d1
    Read to Someone: b2, c2, d2
    Word Work: b3, c3, d3
    Listen to Reading: b4, c4, d4
    Writing: b5, c5, d5

    Rotation 2: all the b students are with you (b1, b2, b3, b4, b5)
    Read to self: a2, c2, d2
    Reading to someone: a3, c3, d3
    Work Work: a4, c4, d4
    Listen to Reading: a5, c5, d5
    Writing: a1, c1, d1

    Rotation 3: all the c students are with you (c1, c2, c3, c4, c5)
    Read to Self: a3, b3, d3
    Read to Someone: a4, b4, d4
    Word Work: a5, b5, d5
    Listen to Reading: a1, b1, d1
    Writing: a2, b2, d2

    Rotation 4: all the d students are with you (d1, d2, d3, d4, d5)
    Read to self: a4, b4, c4
    Reading to someone: a5, b5, c5
    Work Work: a1, b1, c1
    Listen to Reading: a2, b2, c2
    Writing: a3, b3, c3

    Rotation 5: you would not have a group
    Read to self: a5, b5, c5, d5
    Reading to someone: a1, b1, c1, d1
    Work Work: a2, b2, c2, d2
    Listen to Reading: a3, b3, c3, d3
    Writing: a4, b4, c4, d4

    Rotation 6: you would not have a group
    Read to self: a1, b2, c3, d4
    Reading to someone: a2, b3, c4, d5
    Work Work: a3, b4, c5, d1
    Listen to Reading: a4, b5, c1, d2
    Writing: a5, b1, c2, d3

    Now you could skip rotation 6 if you don't need all your students to complete every center everyday.
     
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    I just do not put the small group/guided reading on the rotation wheel. So all students are in their heterogeneous groups doing centers then I may call group A up for small group. This may mean that different students come from different centers to my table. It may mean they miss that center but they usually have another chance in the week to go. They do not know when I am calling them up until that day.
     
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    Do you just tap them on the shoulder or call their name? I also have an inclusion teacher who will take a group (with my inclusion kiddos included, 'scuse the pun) during the time he comes in. Just another level, lol..
     

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