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Flexible Grouping. In Mr. Grim’s Classroom. What is flexible grouping?. Informal grouping of students based on “specific goals, activities, and individual needs” (Valentino, 2000) Allows individualized activities based on student needs and interests ( Heacox , 2002)

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Flexible grouping

Flexible Grouping

In Mr. Grim’s Classroom


What is flexible grouping

What is flexible grouping?

  • Informal grouping of students based on “specific goals, activities, and individual needs” (Valentino, 2000)

  • Allows individualized activities based on student needs and interests (Heacox, 2002)

  • Occurs on an as needed basis (Heacox, 2002)

  • It can be used for different kinds of activities, so they will not always be the same (Valentino, 2000)


What is flexible grouping what does it mean

What is flexible grouping?/What does it mean

  • Groups are temporary

  • They were put together for various reasons:

    • To address your strengths

    • To address your needs

    • To address your interests

  • They will change in the future

  • The types of activities will change in the future

  • Group sizes will vary from assignment to assignment

  • The amount of time in the group will vary based on the activity (you will be told how long to expect each assignment to last)


How are the groups decided

How are the groups decided?

  • The groups are based on student needs or interests:

    • They may be set up based on your need for more help (or less help) on a topic

    • They may be set up based on learning styles

    • They may be set up based on student interests in a topic

  • Different Groups may have different assignments, and different students in the groups may have different jobs within the groups, based on the above criteria


How will you know which group you are in

How will you know which group you are in?

  • You will find the desks have been moved, or are not there at all

  • Groups will be set up by color

  • Your name will be on the board under your assigned color (red, green, blue, yellow, orange)

  • Where each group should move will also be posted on the board


Why should i not ask mr grim to change my group assignment

Why should I not ask Mr. Grim to change my group assignment?

  • The groups are based on student needs or interests:

    • They may be set up based on your need for more help (or less help) on a topic

    • They may be set up based on learning styles

    • They may be set up based on student interests in a topic

  • Different Groups may have different assignments, and different students in the groups may have different jobs within the groups, based on the above criteria

  • A lot of thought went into who was in which group

  • These groups are temporary, just for the current assignment. If you don’t want to be grouped with someone, don’t worry. These groups will change in the future.


Expectations when working with your groups

Expectations when working with your groups

  • Read over the assignment carefully.

    • You may be given a specific job within your group

  • Work with the people in your group

  • Do not move to other groups

    • You may distract them from their work

    • They may not have the same assignment as your group


Teamwork

Teamwork

  • Work together

  • Everyone needs to pull together to be successful

    • Everyone should do their part

  • Each part is needed and important for the final project


References

References

Heacox, D. (2002). Differentiating instruction in the regular

classroom. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing Inc.

Valentino, C. "Flexible Grouping", 2000, Retrieved from

 http://www.eduplace.com/science/profdev/articles/valentin

o.html


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