Whilst perusing various educational articles, I have seen allusions to some studies (though I haven't found the studies themselves) that has a particular criticism of small group learning: while in many ways small group instruction is really the best, it is unfortunately nearly cancelled out by the fact that in most classrooms centers/free choice/what have you are occurring while the teacher meets with one group. Apparently the ideal is to have multiple teachers/aides teaching small groups all at once. It's not that the centers/free choice/etc. are bad, but they do mean students are also losing out on that critical instruction time. Thoughts on that? Has anyone seen the studies themselves? On a side note that just popped into my head, my administrator wants me to observe the small reading groups of a couple other teachers on my team. Now, these are awesome veteran teachers, but... they've confessed they haven't been doing very much in the way of small reading groups this year (due to another program in their rooms plus this just being one of those years.) I'm not judging them in the least, but it does put me in an awkward position and I don't know if it's my place to mention these great reading groups aren't actually happening with strong frequency.