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Welcome Back. Presenters: Pam Lange Barb Rowenhorst Janet Hensley April 3, 2008. P reparing A ll S tudents for S uccess P urposeful instruction, assessment, and staff development . A ctively promote a climate of achievement: Incentives and celebrations.
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April 3, 2008
Purposeful instruction, assessment, and staff development.
Actively promote a climate of achievement: Incentives and celebrations.
Structure strong school building leadership.
Support students in building knowledge and skills for success today and tomorrow.
On Target, Strategies to Help Struggling Readers, page 27
Various names have been given to this form of teaching, and there are some distinctions among these:
(adapted from Johnson, Johnson, and Smith, 1991)Learning Groups
Researchers report that, regardless of the subject matter, students working in small groups tend to learn more of what is taught and retain it longer than when the same content is presented in other instructional formats.
Students who work in learning groups also appear more satisfied with their classes.Learning Groups - Research
When learning groups are compared with individual competition and individual student tasks, the effect size is .78.
Organizing students in heterogeneous learning groups at least once a week has a significant effect on learning.
(Marzano, Pickering and Pollock, 2001)
Research shows that ability grouping as currently practiced:
Ubben, Hughes, Norris
When you teach, you learn twice.
Seneca, Roman philosopher
Based on the research, what changes, if any, might you make with the grouping you are currently doing within your classroom.
Using the mat provided, prepare a graphic organizer of what you like and dislike about working in learning groups
What you like or dislike about using learning groups in your classroom
You can use one of the graphic organizers provided on the mat or create one of your own.Learning Groups
Number in a Group:
Marzano, Pickering, Pollock, Classroom Instruction That Works
It is important to make sure you plan prior to using learning groups.
Handout: Planning for Learning GroupsPlanning for Learning Groups
On Target, Differentiated Instruction, Grades 4-12, pages 12-13
Use the article and website on Earth Day and develop some questions to correspond with the 6 sides of the cube. Post questions on chart paper.Cubing Practice
2. Goldilocks in 1 minute or less
3. Revolting Rhymes Goldilocks: Roald Dahl
4. Goldilocks Song
5. Rewrite the story of Goldilocks using more difficult vocabulary (example Little Red Riding Hood)
6. Goldilocks on trial
Title: Algebra level 1
Title: Algebra level 2
Title: Algebra level 3
Using the article and website on Earth Day develop ThinkDot activities to correspond with the 6 sides of the die.ThinkDots: Practice
Write on chart paper and post
Cubing or ThinkDOTS can turn into glorified worksheets – but not if all activities are purposeful and focused on getting students to understand a concept in a multitude of ways.
Look at 6th grade math and high school science examples on p.15
Pick a topic and discuss how you could make a choice board (may have to divide into age level groups)
CHART -- POST