I posted this on the first grade board, but thought I would put this out to more viewers... I just went to a great workshop for guided reading- No More Interruptions. I do use GR, but am trying to work out some quirks- one of them is interruptions. I was wondering if anyone has a 'background' group during guided reading? I really liked everything this workshop had to offer, this was a suggestion on how to keep the kids from interrupting during your GR group. A background group is basically a group that is close to the teacher working on independent reading, such as sightwords, class lists, or various other things. It basically cuts down on the amount of kids working in workstations/centers/seat work. The background group concept from Patricia Pavelka is found on this article http://web.naesp.org/convNews05/Tues-4-19.htm . Read the article Reading and Writing Strategies You Can Use Tomorrow. I believe it is strategy 5. Anyone out there implement this with success, any feedback appreciated!