Institute for Educational Development

Matching Instruction to Your Readers Using Conferring, Small Groups and Strategy Groups (Grades 3-6)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Susie Rose

Outstanding Presenter and Educator

Specifically Designed for Grades 3-6 Teachers, Special Education Staff and Administrators

  • Strategies to engage Grades 3-6 readers through a variety of practices – small groups, strategy groups and interest groups
  • Innovative strategies for conferring with your students
  • Dozens of practical ideas to target specific instructional needs with easy steps to move from assessment to instruction
  • Classroom proven, practical approaches to enhance any reading program and an extensive resource handbook filled with countless ideas, strategies and activities

Practical Strategies

How can you blend whole class and small group learning experiences to foster maximum student reading growth? Join veteran reading teacher, Susie Rose, in this NEW strategy-rich seminar to find out! Drawing on her extensive experience, Susie will share practical methods, strategies and activities designed to maximize your reading instruction through conferring, strategy groups and small group instruction.

She will show you how to create a balanced reading program that engages all learners in a fun and interactive manner. You will learn how to create interest groups to motivate grades 3-6 readers. You will walk out the door with loads of practical and easy-to-implement strategies, procedures, ideas, activities and games to use in your classroom right away! If you're looking for fresh, innovative ideas to enhance your literacy block, this is the seminar for you!

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Enhance Your Current Reading Program with Easy-to-Use Strategies
    Utilize the most effective strategies for planning small group instruction … Learn how to select the right small group instruction for your students
  2. Take a Fresh Look at Small Group Instruction
    Strategy groups, guided reading, interest-based groups, conferring … Use the approaches that best support YOUR students
  3. Increase Rigor and Student Engagement
    Use small group instruction to increase rigor while increasing student engagement … Create differentiated groups with targeted instruction that lead to increased academic success
  4. Create a Dynamic Framework to Support Differentiation and Targeted Support
    Implement more flexible opportunities for learning using whole class and small group instruction
  5. Learn Techniques to Manage Time and Classroom Management Concerns
    Ways to save time while increasing outcomes for students
  6. Build on Your Current Reading Program
    Learn ways to improve the reading programs you already have in place
  7. Take a Fresh Look at CLOSE Reading Strategies
    Implement repeated readings and reflections with cooperative learning activities and quick writes to significantly impact learning
  8. Create Exciting and Relevant Centers to Support Reading Instruction
    Explore dozens of practical ideas for vocabulary, spelling, comprehension, writing, cooperative learning and much more
  9. Make Reading More Engaging With Complex and Compelling Texts
    Explore a variety of sources for literature, non-fiction and content area texts
  10. Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook
    Books, websites and materials to enhance your reading instruction and improve your students' reading skills (and love of reading)

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Create a balanced literacy block that meets the needs of all learners
  • Learn exciting ways to improve your own reading instruction with minor changes
  • Establish specific criteria for setting up your reading program using whole class lessons, small group lessons and individual conferences … Create a practical framework for instruction
  • Build strategic knowledge using explicit modeling, thoughtful prompting and timely feedback
  • Dozens of word games, comprehension activities and skits for better retention of skills
  • Great ideas for centers for grades 3-6 while you teach a guided reading group
  • Time and resource management strategies to maximize your reading instruction
  • How to choose leveled reading texts for more effective differentiation and create a culture of literacy wherein your students experience equity, access, relevance and joyful interaction with books
  • How to work smarter, not harder while strengthening your guided reading lessons
  • Ways to encourage more academic discourse among your students with Talk Moves and other strategies
  • Practical ways to balance literature with informational texts and content materials for a more balanced reading program
  • Simple, easy ways to incorporate writing skills into your reading centers
  • Utilize choral reading and partner reads for building reading confidence
  • Experience a step-by-step through a weekly reading instruction cycle
  • Reacquaint yourself with the love and fun of reading with flexible seating, reading nooks, cross-grade reading buddies and interactive read-alouds

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

After many years of teaching Grades 3-6, I've finally figured out what works when it comes to teaching reading. A balanced reading program can help all of our students find success and enjoyment through whole-class focus lessons, guided reading groups, targeted strategy groups, interest-based groups and conferring. I'm really excited to share my classroom-proven ideas with you!

Differentiated instruction takes time and practice. In my seminar, I will share proven ideas that will make the best use of your precious time and resources. Everything I share is practical. Are you overwhelmed with time-management issues and lack of resources? Are you using traditional guided reading groups but want to learn how to enhance your existing program with the latest in small group instruction? Would you like to discover the social and emotional benefits of interest-based groups? I have designed this dynamic day to address these questions and many more. I will provide you with a wealth of research-based strategies and dozens of useful and adaptable differentiation techniques giving you the tools you need to increase your students' literacy skills. We will explore many ideas for keeping the rest of your class productively working as you focus on working with a small group or while conferring.

Please join me for a fast-paced, information-rich day filled with teach, model, practice activities. I look forward to sharing proven strategies to maximize your reading instruction using focus lessons, guided reading, strategy groups, interest groups and conferring with students. I promise you will have an enjoyable day of learning innovative ways to meet the needs of all students in YOUR own classroom. You will leave with a wealth of useful and relevant instructional strategies and resources to use right away!

Susie Rose

P.S. I've put together an extensive resource handbook filled with ideas and strategies you can use immediately!

Who Should Attend

Grades 3-6 Teachers, Special Education Staff and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Small Group Reading Instruction Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive Small Group Reading Instruction resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • An up-to-date list of resources to support your reading instruction
    • Reproducible worksheets and activity pages for your students
    • Games and centers to support the learning of reading concepts and skills
    • Ideas for creating groups, managing time, finding resources
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enhancing their current reading programs.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Susie Rose will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own reading program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.