Large Group Vs. Small Group Reading Instruction

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5.2 Large group vs. small group reading instruction

For decades large group instruction (also known as whole group instruction) was the norm. Across subject areas – including reading – teachers taught all students simultaneously; the same lesson, materials and strategies were used for everyone.

Though instruction has since taken on multiple forms, large group instruction continues to advantageous in many situations. For example, students frequently benefit from learning from one another and despite a lower teacher feedback ratio per child, lower level readers are often able to receive frequent and immediate assistance from peers. Below are a number of pros and cons regarding large reading group instruction:

When teachers implement large group instruction during appropriate class times and utilize strategies to maintain every student’s attention, many of the cons listed above may become non-issues. Below is a list of strategies teachers can use to ensure large group instruction is a success.

Effective strategies for large group reading instruction:
• Ask – Pair – Share
The teacher asks a question, students are paired together and partners share answers with each other. This allows all students to have frequent opportunities to share ideas, receive feedback and take part in the lesson.

• Frequent, quick and simple assessments
These can be used throughout any lesson to gage student participation and understanding. Techniques such as…
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