My small group instruction is done during our center time. I will pick one, two, or three little learners to take data on or work on specific skills while the others do center time. My centers are more free play since I have preschool age and one thing we really need to work on is learning to play together cooperatively. One of the most challenging aspects of small group instruction is the constant interruption from the other little learners who are left on their own at centers. My sweeties feel the need to come tell me every little detail of what is going on with their friends. In order to curb the "telling" I created this '3 Before Me' chart. They are responsible to try to work out any problems that may arise at least three ways before they come see me. The chart is interactive so they have to pick the pictures of the strategies they tried and attach them to the velcro strip. There needs to be at least three picture/icons to show me what they tried before they interrupt. It's funny to see how proud they get to be able to work out their own problems....so cute!
I can't wait to read what other teachers do during their small group instruction. Be sure to link up with The Applicious Teacher and post your own ideas and strategies!