Where Have All the Bluebirds Gone?: How to Soar with Flexible Grouping

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There is more to grouping readers than the traditional grouping by ability with each level not so cleverly disguised by names like bluebirds, redbirds, and crows. Flexible grouping allows teachers to address today's increasingly diverse classrooms and their diverse needs. In this practical, hands-on guidebook, JoAnne Schudt Caldwell and Michael P. Ford describe a variety of grouping patterns and ways to implement them throughout the elementary grades.

First they examine the most recent research on grouping practices in reading programs to present a rationale for moving these practices in new directions. Then, using an easily accessible question-and-answer format, they explore the "how to's" of alternative grouping practices, including:

  • whole room instruction
  • small-group formats
  • cooperative grouping
  • working in pairs
  • individualized reading programs.
To demonstrate how flexible grouping really works, the authors visit classrooms at different grade levels to capture the stories of teachers who have implemented flexible patterns in their reading programs. Along the way, they discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each pattern so that readers can make informed decisions and avoid common pitfalls when implementing a program of their own.

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JoAnne Schudt Caldwell is Associate Dean of the College of Education and former chair of the Reading Language Arts Department at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has actively participated in state task forces involving changes in teacher certification and standards implementation. She is coauthor of The Qualitative Reading Inventory (with Lauren Leslie, 2001). Michael Ford is a professor of reading in the College of Education and Human Services at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He has been involved with literacy education for more than 30 years as a first-grade and Title I teacher as well as a researcher and teacher-educator. His work with the international school associations has taken him to Africa, Europe, Central America, South America, and the Middle East. Teacher Professional Books with Heinemann - Classroom Catalysts: 15 Efficient Practices That Accelerate Readers' Learning (2014) - Do-able Differentiation: Varying Texts, Supports and Groups to Reach Readers (2008) - Books and Beyond: New Ways to Reach Readers (2006) - Where Have All the Bluebirds Gone? How to Soar with Flexible Grouping (2002) - Reaching Readers: Flexible and Innovative Strategies for Guided Reading (2001) Core, Supplemental, and RTI Programs - LEAD 21 (McGraw Hill-Wright Group, 2010, senior author) Articles Mike is the author of more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as: - The Reading Teacher - Childhood Education - Language Arts - Reading Research and Instruction Leadership Roles - Chair of the International Reading Association's Children's and Young Adult Book Awards Committee - Former President of the Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA) - Current WSRA Advocacy Chair - Current President of the Wisconsin Professors of Reading - Host of the series Behind the Lesson - a teacher PD companion to the award-winning Wisconsin Public Television children's series Into the Book Awards and Honors - The McGraw Hill Seeing the Learner in Every Child Award - WSRA's Celebrate Literacy Award - WSRA's Outstanding Service Award Professional Development Michael Ford provides on- and off-site professional development through Heinemann Professional Development Services. Visit Heinemann.com/PD for more information.

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