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Flexible Grouping

What is it?

How can I use it?

Presented by

Charity Dowell

National Conference on Singapore Math Strategies

2011

Differentiate Instruction…

Foster Independence & ownership….

Manage the classroom…

Assess, re-teach, enrich, & cover curriculum…

… learning gaps…

Flexible

Grouping

- 1980’s homogeneous grouping
- Results
- small effect size
- inequality
“…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

- Cooperative Learning/Flexible Grouping
- Benefits:
- Positive Interdependence
- Face to Face pro-motive interaction
- Individual and group accountability
- Interpersonal and small group skills
- Group Processing
- Opportunities for decision making, aka problem solving

Marzano, 2001

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.

- Raises school achievement (Gentry, 1999).
- Equips students with social skills and conflict resolution abilities (Frydentall, LeWald, Walls, & Zarring, 2001).
- Provides ownership of classroom behaviors (Baugous & Bendery, 2000).
- Provides opportunities for social interactions (Valentino, 2000).
- Increases individual achievement levels (Gentry, 1999).

Teacher or student lead?

- When does grouping benefit students?
- When does grouping facilitate instruction?
- Which activities lend themselves to group work?
- How do you determine group membership?

Example:

The Daily 5

Think Pair & Share

Practice

Games

Interest Based Activities

Skills Based Activities

- How can flexible grouping be incorporated into the classroom?

- Centers/Workstations
- Cooperative Learning
- Peer tutoring
- Assistants, volunteers
- Student choices

Who’s in the group?

- Where are the bubble students?

Urgent! Urgent!

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?

Be creative

How do you form groups?

- Popsicle sticks with names – last one picked chooses group

- Puzzle pieces

Forming groups

- Stickers on card, find matching sticker

- Birthdays in seasons

Share ideas with your neighbor.

- Appointments

APPOINTMENTS

- Students in K-2 study number facts to 10.
- Students spend a significant amount of time on each number.
- Students study number facts (bonds) to understand part-whole relationships.
- After students master numbers through 9 they work on making bonds of 10. Ten is an anchor number.

- Number Bonds

- Number Bracelets

Addition is commutative: Young mathematicians need hands on experience to discover this principle.

Practice number bonds & whole to part.

- Tens Frame

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.

Ten bracelet

Number bonds

9+110+0

0+105+5

2+87+3

4+61+9

3+7 8+2 6+4

My toes

My head

My hands

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

- Groups: Three students
- Materials: None
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.

- Groups: Two or more
- Materials: Playing or Number Cards
- Directions: A student distributes cards, face down, to student players. Each player turns over two cards and adds them. The student with the greatest sum is the winner and gets all the cards. In the event of a tie, cards from the “round” are left on the table. Another round of adding is done. Winner takes all!

- Groups: Three students
- Materials: Playing or Number Cards
- Directions: the object of this game is to practice finding sums and missing addends. One player will be the sum finder, while the other two will be addends.
- 1. The sum finder gives each addend a pile of cards that are face down.
- 2. The sum finder counts aloud,” 1,2,3!”
- 3. On “3,” each addend lifts a card from his or her pile and places it on their heads.
- 4. The sum finder announces the sum of the two numbers.
- 5. Knowing the sum, each addend looks at their partner’s number to determine their missing addend.
- 6. The first student to announce the correct missing addend wins that round and gets both cards.
- 7. The students repeat steps 2 through 6 and continue until their cards decks are used.
- 8. When finished with the decks, students rotate roles and begin practicing again.

- Contribution chips.
- Checks for understanding.
- Product.
- Anchor charts.
- Progress : academic or behavior .

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- Forsten, National Conference on Singapore Math Strategies 2010