My school is piloting Houghton Mifflin for 1 & 2 this year. I searched for posts about it as I'm trying to sort it out and figure it all out. As far as I know, we will not have any formal training. I see a lot of people talked about the focus wall. I'm still unclear as to what that is. I'm also trying to figure out the grouping. In the past, we (all 3 first grade teachers) have grouped students at the beginning of the year based on their Observation Survey reading level. We then move them around as we see the need based on running records and observations. Does this sound like something that will still work? One more question for now... I see the levels - on, above, and below. It seems that that leaves the possibility for quite the range in each of those groups. In the past, I could have a group at a level 6 and a level 8 at 2nd quarter... both are on, but at rather different places. Has this been an issue for anyone?