Small Group Instruction Series

reciprocal teaching strategy groups online

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 self-paced course, 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
    • Reciprocal Teaching
    • Literature Circles / Student Led Book Clubs
    • 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.

Course Topics:

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

Modules will consist of:

  • Recorded Presentations
  • PDF Resources (to be used in your classroom)
  • Additional professional readings

Note:  This course has been designed to support individual teachers and/or groups of teachers (eg. a PLC group) to work through the lessons at a pace that’s best for you. You can devour all the lessons in one day or spread them out over a longer period. If you’re part of a PLC we recommend watching 1 module per week and then going away to trial your learning before coming back to reflect on it with your peers. Don’t let us boss you around though- it’s all self-paced, so you can move through it as fast or as slow as you want!

You will have access to all the resources and lessons for 6 months from the start date of the course.

Course Details:

  • What: 6 modules of learning (approx. 1 hour of lessons per module)
  • Where: On the Oz Lit Teacher and Mardi Gorman course website (Kajabi) – you’ll get login details as soon as you purchase the course.
  • When: This course is available to start right now! You’ll have access to all the resources for 6 months from your purchase date.
  • 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 feedback from previous participants:

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.


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