Small Group Guidelines

"They should not be doing round-robin reading. This is not considered a best practice."

Debbie Diller. Making the Most of Small Groups: Differentiation for All (p. 8). Kindle Edition.

"Focus is key in small-group teaching."

Debbie Diller. Making the Most of Small Groups: Differentiation for All (p. 11). Kindle Edition. 

"Teach routines well (including bathrooming, Kleenex use, sharpening pencils, etc.) during the first four to six weeks of school so the children know your expectations and know what to do during independent work time. Don't begin small-group instruction until you know your students can work independently."

Debbie Diller. Making the Most of Small Groups: Differentiation for All (p. 16). Kindle Edition.

I think it's smart to begin with just one group a day once you begin small-group instruction. In first grade and up, this is usually after four to six weeks of school (when children have been trained to work independently at literacy work stations).

Debbie Diller. Making the Most of Small Groups: Differentiation for All (p. 31). Kindle Edition.

"Work one one group, maybe with two small groups, a day. Occasionally, you might work with three groups in a day, but this is probably not the norm. You need time for whole group and small groups. If you do too many small groups, you'll run out of time for some whole-group reading instruction, too. Trying to see every group every day will not yield quality teaching."

Debbie Diller. Making the Most of Small Groups: Differentiation for All (p. 31). Kindle Edition.

"No classroom teacher should be expected to plan three or four small-group lessons for reading in a day plus whole-group reading instruction plus writing and math and science and social studies!"

Debbie Diller. Making the Most of Small Groups: Differentiation for All (p. 31). Kindle Edition.

"I have found that about twenty minutes per small group works well in first grade and up."

Debbie Diller. Making the Most of Small Groups: Differentiation for All (p. 32). Kindle Edition.