Hi! I am joining a new school this year and am also new to first grade. I mainly taught kindergarten prior to the move. In kindergarten and first grade at my old school, small groups were a big part of the day. In kindergarten my work stations were not dramatic play, toy, block, or etc. related, they were very academic with a lot of hands on literacy based materials, and very effective. Based on Debbie Dillers books...I love her!!! Anyways where I will be teaching this year, I don't think they really do small groups in first, they pull kids for guided reading, then the rest of the class works on the same assignment. I am going to be in a VERY good school, with a spectacular reputation, so I know they are not doing anything wrong. They just do not seem to do all that much differentiation from what the teachers have said, but I am still getting tips from them, so they may do it in a different manner. However, small groups have been the key to my instruction and during my interview the principal and interview team really liked my answers about differentiation. There is no required one way run your class at this school, so I should I do what I want, but would it be bad for me to be the only one doing small groups?? Also how many of your first grade teachers use small groups to differentiate your instruction?