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Flexible Grouping Practices. Grouping and the Gifted Student The gifted student ranges in his/her strengths and weaknesses just as do all students Students.

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1 Flexible Grouping Practices

2 Grouping and the Gifted Student The gifted student ranges in his/her strengths and weaknesses just as do all students Students are different from each other and challenged when provided programming at the appropriate level of instruction Teachers must look at each student individually MCPS content curriculum contain adaptations that are suitable for the gifted student in the cluster grouped classroom Flexible Grouping for the delivery of instruction is the cornerstone of appropriate differentiation for the gifted student

3 When does grouping facilitate instruction? When it: allows both for quick mastery of information and ideas allows for additional exploration by students needing more time for mastery allows for both collaborative and independent work gives students and teachers a voice in work arrangements allows students to work with a wide variety of peers encourages teachers to try out students in a variety of work settings keeps students from being pegged as advanced or struggling

4 Which activities lend themselves to group work?

5 Activities for Heterogeneous Grouping Open ended activities with use of strategies such as critical thinking,, development of concepts and generalizations Multidisciplinary themes When presenting new content Examples: Hands on Science experiments, and current events activities

6 Group Work - Old and New Task is usually a project Some students do more work and take most responsibility Some students are ignored by others in group Some students feel success, others feel frustration Each student cares most about what he/she learns and what grade he/she receives Task may be a project, brainstorming, problem solving Shared work and responsibility Participation of all students is encouraged Each students ideas and work are valued Students care about group learning

7 Flexible Grouping Occurs when there is a whole group assessment or instruction initially; and then the students are divided by their need for either review, re-teaching, practice, or enrichment. Such grouping could be a single lesson or objective, a set of skills, a unit of study, or a major concept or theme. Flexible grouping creates temporary groups for an hour, a day, a week, or a month or so. It does not create permanent groups.

8 Schools will utilize flexible and varied grouping practices that enhance the opportunity to receive expanded, intensive, enriched and accelerated curricula at all instructional levels. Source: Policy on Gifted and Talented Education

9 Planning for Grouping : Questions to Consider When does grouping benefit students? When does grouping facilitate instruction? Which activities lend themselves to group work? How do you determine group membership?

10 When does grouping benefit students? When the task requires input from different types of learning styles and perspectives. When the subject matter is new for all students. When it allows gifted students to be engaged in real learning.

11 Appropriate Activities for Heterogeneous Grouping: Critical Thinking Concept and Generalization Whole Language Experiences Multi-disciplinary Units Open ended discussions Examples: Hands-on science experiments and Current event discussions

12 Appropriate Activities for Homogeneous Grouping: Drill and Practice Math computation Studying for recall type test Answering comprehension questions about a novel

13 Group Membership Can be determined by: Readiness Interest Reading Level Skill Level Background Knowledge Social Skills

14 Grouping Method Teacher Assigned Student Selected Random

15 PRE-ASSESSMENT The purpose of pre-assessment is to determine what students know about a topic before it is taught. Pre- assessment will help the teacher determine flexible grouping patterns and should be used regularly.

16 Pre-assessment Strategies Teacher prepared pre-test KWL Charts /Graphic Organizers Writing Prompts/Samples Guess Box Student demonstrations and discussions Student products and work samples Show of hands/EPR Every Pupil Response Standardized Tests/ISM Data Teacher observation/Checklist

17 Management of Groups Goal of the Activity –Total number of Pupils in Class –Number of Groups –Number of Students in a Group –Roles within the Group –Teacher Role

18 Assessment A successful end product and/or the fulfilling the pre-stated objective.

19 Processing Individual and Group accountability activities which reflect the success of: –The student –The group –The objective for the teacher planned activity

20 Flexible Grouping for the delivery of instruction is the cornerstone of appropriate differentiation for the gifted student as well as all students. The use of Flexible Grouping assures Success for Every Student.

21 This program was developed by: Elaine McArdle And Gina Woodward EII Coordinators Ridgeview Middle School


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