Why use GRō?
Small groups/differentiated instruction is an extremely effective method of teaching that benefits both teachers and students. Designed by educators for educators, GRō was created to help you put time back in your day by making guided reading and differentiated instruction for any subject easier and more efficient. No longer will you need to continually update paperwork and track groups, notes, and assessment data in multiple binders.
Whether you are a classroom teacher or a specialist, you can now organize multiple classes and groups, create and implement lesson plans, and track student data and class assessments across subjects – all in one place!
You can read the story behind GRō and the reasons for creating it by checking out this article and interview on the learningattheprimarypond blog.
For 2020 we have removed our tiered Subscription payments ($2.99 per month Or $29.99 per year). GRō is now available in the app store for a one time payment of $9.99 for both iPhone and iPad devices. When our teachers return to the classroom, GRō will return to a Subscription model, customers who purchased the app for this flat rate will have continued full access to the app with no additional charges.
How to purchase the GRō app?
GRō is available on both the iPhone and iPad currently. Both devices are fully-featured and work hand-in-hand.
How I create a new class group?
After creating a class and adding the students to the class, tap on groups. Now tap the add new group button in the upper right hand corner. Now assign the new group a title, color, subject and level. Now set the schedule for when the group meets then tap on ‘create group’.
After you have created the group, you can add or remove students from that group by tapping the ‘ADD / REMOVE STUDENTS’ button.
Why is the guiding reading lesson plan template not an available choice when I create a new lesson plan?
In order for the guided reading lesson plan template to display you need to have “Reading” selected as a subject choice under Options > Edit Subjects.
How do I generate a student report?
Tap on a student. In the upper right tap on the report button (it’s third from the right). A report is then generated in pdf format including: Student Profile, Subjects, Notes and Assessments. Tap on the icon in the upper right to email, message or print the report.
How do I change the order in which students appear in a class?
Tap on the class to see the students within that class. Now hold a finger on any student and drag them to the new location within the class.
Is GRō just for guided reading?
GRō was originally designed for guided reading. In subsequent releases it was re-designed to include classroom & group differentiated instruction for any subject.
Our default subjects include: Reading, Science, Social Studies, Word Study, Writing and Math. You can also create your own custom subjects under Options>Edit Subjects.
Why isn’t the student graph showing up?
Grouped assessments will show up on the graph after you have two or more assessments with scores recorded within a 12 month period.
How do I group assessment so that I can graph them?
Within the assessments tab, choose “+ ADD” at the top right of the screen. Here you will create a “parent” assessment by toggling the circle next to “create grouped assessments to graph?” Then you will choose a subject, assessment name, and a score type and select “SUBMIT”. Then you will see your “parent assessment appear in the list of assessments on the assessments tab. Select that assessment. In the next screen you should see the subject icon and title of the assessment at the top. Select the “ADD ASSESSMENTS” button to the right of the title. Here you will fill in the rest of the assessment information for one of the assessments within your group of assessments and select “SUBMIT”. The subheading will become the title of each individual assessment within the group of assessments. Add as many sub assessments as you would like under this parent assessment. Note: you will need to add at least two sub assessments with scores before the assessments can be plotted on the graph.
How do I rearrange students, groups, lesson plans, and assessments?
Press and hold the item and slide your finger to move to a new location.
How do I delete/edit notes?
Swipe a note to the left to see the options to edit or delete a note on a student or group page.
How do I see each students’ reading level on the students screen?
Select the settings button at the top left of the home screen where you can see your classes. There you will see a prompt at the bottom to “Show Reading Level Label on Students”. Toggle the circle to the right of the prompt so that it turns green to turn this function on. Then select “DONE” at the top left of the screen to go back to your classes.
How do I add/edit subjects?
Select the settings button at the top left of the home screen where you can see your classes. The select “Edit Subjects”. Select and deselect subjects by tapping each subject. Selected subjects will appear yellow. To add a custom subject, tap “Add Custom Subject” and type the name of the subject. Note: you can add up to 2 subject with the standard account and up to 10 subjects with the premier account. After you have chosen your subjects, select the yellow “DONE” button at the bottom of the screen to go back to the settings.
How do I change my reading level system?
Select the settings button at the top left of the home screen where you can see your classes. Then select “Edit Account”. There you will see your current reading level system in the fourth box. Select that box for a list of the available reading levels. Select the reading level that you would like to use and select “Done” on the picker. Then select “DONE” at the top next to “EDIT ACCOUNT” to go back to the settings.
- Create one or multiple classes where you can store personalized information to help track every student’s needs and progress.
- Create groups to organize students. Groups are fully customizable with unique names, colors, and images. Update groups and students as often as needed. Take notes on each group to track progress, keep notes from lessons, or plan for future lessons and goals.
- Use the calendar to keep organized and on track. Add notes to your calendar, see lesson plans at a glance to help manage your schedule.
- Use the default subjects or create new subjects.
- Create lesson plans with the general and guided reading templates. Use a lesson plan over and over again for different groups with the duplication feature.
- Take anecdotal notes (written, audio and image) on each student. Notes taken on lesson plans are automatically collected and stored within a student’s profile.
- Track whole class assessments. Score each assessment with a customized numeric scale, alphabetic scale, or reading level type. Individual student scores will also be stored on each students’ information page. Group assessments together to track individual students and class level progress on related assessments such as running records.
- Track your students’ progress in each subject on their profile page. Use the student profile page for parent-teacher conferences or generate and email a student report.
- Export lesson plans and student data.
- Book titles and standards that are taught are stored so that they can be recalled quickly.
- Send a student to another teacher (if they move classes) or share a student with another teacher so that both teachers can edit the data.
Supported Reading Leveling Systems: Fountas & Pinnell, Reading Recovery, DRA, Lexile, UK National Curriculum, UK National Curriculum Colors, Accelerated Reader, Rigby PM, IRLA, PM Benchmark, PROBE, Colour Wheel, Oxford Reading Tree
GRō Video Tutorials
For a collection of short videos and tutorials on the GRō app click here.
For Understood.org article on “Differentiated Instruction: What You Need to Know” by Geri Coleman Tucker click here.
For Learning at the Primary Pond K-2 literacy blog click here.
Fountas and Pinnel have a useful resource blog on guided reading found here.
Collaborative Classroom article on differentiating small group instruction found here.
For Ascd.org articles and resources on differentiated instruction you can click here.