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Flex Grouping

February 18, 2009

“I teach at a school with a very wide range of reading levels. At the beginning of the year, we had no idea how to fully meet the needs of all those learners. So, we decided to ‘flex group’ our students. There are three teachers in our grade, and each one takes a different level. We don't focus on the same skills because our lower learners need explicit instruction, where as the more advanced learners can work independently and be in advanced reading groups. It has worked amazingly well. I am actually the teacher for the lower learners, and we focus on explicit vocabulary instruction. I introduce a new book every 3-4 weeks. We spend an entire week on vocabulary and doing activities that will build comprehension levels.”

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