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Great Grouping! Sorting Through the Options and Applications for the Secondary Classroom

Do you ever struggle with creating successful groups? Are your grouping techniques stuck in a rut? These resources can open up a whole new world of effective grouping strategies that can help all your students exceed! From creating random groups to differentiation through grouping, all the strategies and tools you need are right here.
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Great Grouping! Sorting Through the Options and Applications for the Secondary Classroom
  • teachhub.com
    teachhub.com

    Flexible Grouping as a Differentiated Instruction Strategy

    Article
    Katherine Waldon says:
    This article is brimming with excellent advice for differentiating with groups. If there is any one task I find hardest as a teacher, it is differentiation. With the suggestions of this article, I have seen a lot of improvement in even my weakest students! The suggestion of using a color-coded system has been especially helpful.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Student Learning Groups: Homogeneous or Heterogeneous?

    Article
    Katherine Waldon says:
    I find this article helpful when I am struggling with what type of groups I should make for an activity. It clearly defines what a homogeneous group looks like versus a heterogeneous group, and suitable applications for both. I especially like the bullet points at the end of the article, which gives the elements each group must have, no matter what method is employed.
  • nytimes.com
    nytimes.com

    Grouping Students by Ability Regains Favor With Educators

    Article
    Katherine Waldon says:
    Grouping by ability has gained supporters as a good way to make learning happen for all students, from remedial to gifted. This article discusses the positive uses of grouping by ability and interviews several teachers who use this method.
  • Katherine Waldon says:
    This article has useful information about grouping factors that are often overlooked, including prior knowledge and personality. One piece of advice I actively use in my classroom is to let a student's personality drive what group role I assign to him/her.
  • teachthought.com
    teachthought.com

    10 Dos and Don'ts For Group Work & Student Grouping

    Article
    Katherine Waldon says:
    This list of Do's and Dont's is something I reference every time I plan a group activity. The article has several excellent suggestions for picking a grouping strategy depending upon what is being focused on. My favorite piece of advice is the last one, which stresses the need to be flexible and accept that not all groups are going to work!
  • Automatic Group Maker

    Webtool
    superteachertools.us
    superteachertools.us
    Katherine Waldon says:
    This tool is very handy when I want to make some quick groups for a small assignment such as the closure for the day. After you create a class, you just have input the size of the groups or the number of groups desired. The site can also create a seating chart and has a random name generator for calling on students.
  • Katherine Waldon says:
    This video illustrates how a carefully structured group should perform. The process goes smoothly because everyone knows what is expected of them. For me, he most helpful aspect of this video was seeing how taking the time to prepare the students before beginning a group activity helps the students to be successful.