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Flex Grouping

Found in: pairing & grouping; reading

I teach at a school with a 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.

Each of the three teachers in our grade 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. This configuration has worked well.

I am 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 activities that build comprehension levels.

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