Flexible Grouping. What is it? How can I use it?. Presented by Charity Dowell National Conference on Singapore Math Strategies 2011. The Challenge…. Differentiate Instruction… Foster Independence & ownership…. Manage the classroom… Assess, re-teach, enrich, & cover curriculum…
What is it?
How can I use it?
National Conference on Singapore Math Strategies
Foster Independence & ownership….
Manage the classroom…
Assess, re-teach, enrich, & cover curriculum…
… learning gaps…
“…in other words it does little to narrow the gap between the low ability students and the middle and the high ability students”
Marzano, Classroom Instruction That Works, p.85
The informal grouping and regrouping of students throughout the school day based a upon a variety of criteria to create learning experiences that are focused on maintaining consistently high expectations for all students.
How does it relate to Singapore Math Strategies?
There is a better way… differentiation through flexible grouping.
Teacher or student lead?
The Daily 5
Think Pair & Share
Interest Based Activities
Skills Based Activities
Who’s in the group?
What is our purpose?
Identify specific needs & interests.
Achievement gaps occur when students are “Left behind”, “Just don’t get it”. Use cooperative learning time to address those needs.
How much time should I spend with each group?
How do you form groups?
Share ideas with your neighbor.
Addition is commutative: Young mathematicians need hands on experience to discover this principle.
Practice number bonds & whole to part.
Answer: Always one more than the number itself.
Continue making number bonds with tens frames.
How many bonds were you able to create?
Tip: Use a circle map to record your answers.
3+7 8+2 6+4
Tens family song
Create number bond boards for all of the bonds you are working on.
Leave out 1 of the numbers. In the blank box include a piece of Velcro.
Have a set of numbers 1-9 with velcro on the back.
Students fill in the missing numbers to complete the number bond
Directions: This game is great when you have a few minutes between classes or subjects and want to practice addition without getting out materials.
All three students stand in a circle and put their right hands in a closed fist position, behind their backs. Without anyone seeing, each student opens their fist to show one, two, three, four, or five fingers.
Together, they count to three, and then put their opened right hands inside the circle. They count their fingers. The goal is the make a sum of eleven.