This Literacy Routine addresses the following questions:
How do I frontload information for students who have a gap in prior knowledge?
How can I respond to misunderstandings quickly?
How can I ensure access to learning for all my students?
How to implement Huddle in your classroom:
Anticipate misunderstandings and plan using data.
Use formative data to decide which students will need additional support before and during instruction. Anticipate potential misunderstandings and plan instruction to meet the needs of your students. Plan checkpoints during instruction to assess students’ understanding.
Frontload vocabulary and build background knowledge.
Invite a few students to gather before instruction to preview upcoming learning in order to build background knowledge. Allow students to read and discuss introductory texts. Lead them in highlighting key ideas. Frontload by pre-teaching challenging vocabulary.
Re-teach concepts during guided or independent practice in small groups.
Keep track of content and concepts with which your students are struggling as you circulate. Call those students who need extra support together for a private “mini-lesson” using a catch and release. Provide additional explanation or a scaffolded activity.
Use flexible grouping strategically.
Utilize flexible grouping by pairing students who need additional support with a “learning buddy” who can help clarify directions or key ideas. Teach learning buddies your expectation that each student is to do his or her own thinking and writing. Employ learning buddies during complex reading and writing tasks.
Provide additional practice as needed.
For students who need additional explanation and practice (according to your assessment), create more learning opportunities within the next few days. Target additional practice precisely to address specific gaps in knowledge or skills.