Flexible Grouping is a great approach to placing students in groups while also eliminating certain stigmas often associated with grouping. Flexible Grouping refers to short-term grouping and regrouping of students dependent on the objective of the assignments or scenarios. Students may be grouped according to readiness, interests, learning styles, data from previous assessments, or social ability.
Ideas to Consider Before Using Flexible Grouping:
- Planning groups ahead of time is important for the success and outcome of the groups.
- Define your learning outcome and the best way to achieve this outcome through groups.
- Differentiate the instructional practices within the groups to reach the lowest and highest performers in the group.
- Establish how long students will work in groups in a given class period.
- Groups should have rules and roles to maximize efficiency.
- Make sure you instructions and expectations are clear for what the purpose of completing the assignment in a group is, and what the expected outcome should be.
- Assess groups frequently and regroup students if necessary.
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Check out this website on Daring to Differentiate. There are many great strategies and handouts, and even team challenges you can implement while using Flexible Grouping.