Engaging Students in Rigorous Small Groups

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Questions for Discussion

The following questions for discussion have been generated to help participants best comprehend and use the information presented. Participants completing this learning module for contact hours through their LPDC should answer each question. The written responses can then be used as evidence of your work.

Download the Discussion Questions PDF file and complete the form as evidence.

Discussion Questions:

(approximate time to complete discussion questions 1 hour)


Answer the following questions as an individual. If possible, have a dialogue with your grade level team, buidling level team, and/or district level team.

1. What are reasons why small group instruction is an effective instructional strategy?


2. What percent of time does Sonya Kunkel suggest that small group instruction be used in a co-taught classroom?


3. What percent of the time are you using small groups? How might you plan to increase the use of small groups?


4. List and describe the strategies that Sonya suggests to increase students' opportunities to respond.


5. What strategies are you currently using or would like to use to increase students’ opportunities to respond?


6. Sonya Kunkel talks about four considerations for planning for engaging independent group work. What are they? Why are they important? Are you considering these when you plan? What works best in your classroom?

Engaging Students in Rigorous Small Groups