Small Group Instruction Series

Lit circles PD

Knowing your students and being clear on what you need to teach is what should determine which small group practice you use with your students.

We know that small group instruction is an opportunity to differentiate instruction based on students’ needs. We also know that guided reading is the most commonly used small group practice.

However, Guided Reading isn’t the ONLY small group instructional practice option available to teachers!

Are any of these true for you?

  • Outside of Guided Reading, you’re not sure what other small group practices are effective?
  • You’ve heard about literature circles and/or book clubs, but have never seen them in action (or you’ve had a go at implementing them but you’re looking for more support with making them more effective).
  • You’ve been told that reciprocal teaching is the next step on from guided reading but you’re not sure why?
  • You’re wondering what would make you choose one type of small group instruction over another?

If so, then this Small Group Instruction Series is the next step for you!

In this online series, Mardi Gorman and I will:

  • Look at research-based small group instructional practices for reading that have been proven to be effective.
  • Examine five small group practices in detail:
    • Language Experience (Reading)
    • Strategy Groups
    • Literature Circles / Student Led Book Clubs
    • Reciprocal Teaching
    • Close Reading
  • Outline the important components of each of these practices and provide a structure for planning.
  • View sample lessons and identify the differences between each one.
  • Highlight the assessment you can use to help inform grouping for each of these practices.
  • Provide handouts and resources to assist you with getting started with each of these small group practices.


  • Session 1: Language Experience (Reading)
  • Session 2: Strategy Groups
  • Session 3: Literature Circles / Student Led Book Clubs
  • Session 4: Reciprocal Teaching
  • Session 5:  Close Reading


  • What: You’ll get access to the weekly live Zoom sessions (and access to the recordings afterwards)
  • Where:  Online (Wednesdays 7pm-8pm)
  • When:  March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • Cost: $ 250+GST per person (with 5% being donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation)
  • If you’d like an invoice so your school can pay, just send an invoice request to

Here’s some of feedback received from previous participants in this course:

I really loved the references to the evidence based best practices, sharing the history of the practices and then the really practical way how we can take the information straight back into our classrooms. It was so relevant to what I am wanting to implement and improve on with my own teaching.


Your delivery of information was great! I was constantly thinking about my own practices and how I could take these ideas back into our school while you were talking.


What I love most about all of your PD’s is that they’re practical. I can use what you what you have shown and bring it directly into the classroom.