I absolutely love doing guided reading in small groups. I believe it does a tremendous amount of good to their reading development. The problem is what to do with the rest of the class. I have centres set up of course and I try to make them as simple and routine as possible (maybe just change things a bit each cycle to spice it up). I have volunteer moms and a T.A. coming in to help supervise and keep kids on track and I'm wondering what on earth I would do without these moms and the T.A because even with them there, things get a little hairy at times!! What do the rest of you do to ensure that a) kids are working not fooling around, b) real material is being covered at the centres, not just time-fillers and c) kids are doing good work, not just rushing through it so they can be "done"?