Where Have All the Bluebirds Gone?: How to Soar with Flexible Grouping

Where Have All the Bluebirds Gone How to Soar with Flexible Grouping There is to grouping readers than the traditional grouping by ability with each level not so cleverly disguised by names like bluebirds redbirds and crows Flexible grouping allows teachers to addres

  • Title: Where Have All the Bluebirds Gone?: How to Soar with Flexible Grouping
  • Author: JoAnne Caldwell
  • ISBN: 9780325004372
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
  • There is to grouping readers than the traditional grouping by ability with each level not so cleverly disguised by names like bluebirds, redbirds, and crows Flexible grouping allows teachers to address today s increasingly diverse classrooms and their diverse needs In this practical, hands on guidebook, JoAnne Schudt Caldwell and Michael P Ford describe a variety oThere is to grouping readers than the traditional grouping by ability with each level not so cleverly disguised by names like bluebirds, redbirds, and crows Flexible grouping allows teachers to address today s increasingly diverse classrooms and their diverse needs In this practical, hands on guidebook, JoAnne Schudt Caldwell and Michael P Ford describe a variety of grouping patterns and ways to implement them throughout the elementary grades.First they examine the most recent research on grouping practices in reading programs to present a rationale for moving these practices in new directions Then, using an easily accessible question and answer format, they explore the how to s of alternative grouping practices, including whole room instruction small group formats cooperative grouping working in pairs individualized reading programs To demonstrate how flexible grouping really works, the authors visit classrooms at different grade levels to capture the stories of teachers who have implemented flexible patterns in their reading programs Along the way, they discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each pattern so that readers can make informed decisions and avoid common pitfalls when implementing a program of their own.

    One thought on “Where Have All the Bluebirds Gone?: How to Soar with Flexible Grouping”

    1. Good explanations of how to use flexible grouping strategies to maximize learning in elementary literacy instruction. Realistic about the pros and cons of various kinds of small and large group instruction.

    2. Still a classic explaining rationale for embracing flexible grouping and practical ideas on how to do it.

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