Strategy Groups Mini-Course

Are you wondering what to do when your students have the same need but don’t fit perfectly into a group because they’re reading at different levels? 

This online course is for you if:

  • you find yourself looking at your data, willing your students to fall perfectly in to five groups with similar needs and a similar reading level but your reality is quite different. 
  • you’re wondering if there are other small group instructional practices for reading that allow more flexibility with grouping. 
  • you’ve heard about strategy groups, but have never seen them in action. 

The course:

In this self-paced online mini-course, Mardi Gorman and I: 

  • look at why strategy groups are an effective practice for small group instruction in reading. 
  • discuss the purpose of strategy groups and look at why you would choose to group students based on a strategy. 
  • look at some real formative assessment on a class of students and show you how to use your data to group students based on strategy. 
  • break down the structure of a strategy group lesson and look at the role of the teacher through the lesson. 
  • watch a video of a strategy lesson to show you what it looks like in action. 

This 1 hour online course starts as soon as you sign up and is divided into the following lessons:

  • Lesson 1: What are Strategy Groups?
  • Lesson 2:  What strategies should we teach?
  • Lesson 3: Structure of a lesson (Part 1)
  • Lesson 4: Structure of a lesson (Part 2)
  • Lesson 5: Structure of a lesson (Part 3)
  • Lesson 6: Bringing it all together (Video)

This course is suitable for:

  • Pre-service teachers
  • Graduate teachers
  • Established teachers who want to start or strengthen the use of Strategy Groups in their classroom
  • Literacy leaders and coaches

The details:

  • What: This is a self-paced online course. It includes a series of pre-recorded video lessons as well as downloadable resources to help you implement your own strategy group lessons in your classroom. You’ll also get a participation certificate for your records at the end.
  • 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 will have access to the course content for 6 months).
  • Time: Approximately 1 hour.
  • Cost: $ 65 +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: and Shirl will let you know how to sign up.

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