Grouping Strategies

How to differentiate by knowing your learner

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How will they learn it?

Differentiation: Grouping by Learner Profile

Did you know:
  • Most HS dropouts are kinesthetic learners
  • Grades K-2 are taught Kinesthetically, 3-6 are taught visually and 7-12 are taught auditorily
  • What works well for your learning style (usually the way we teach) may not work for some or even most of your students!
  • Your modality indicates what you NEED to concentrate, process, learn and file information.

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How could this information about your students be useful as their teacher?


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How will you know they've learned it? What will we do if they don't learn it? What will we do if they already know it?

Differentiation: Grouping by Readiness (Flexible Grouping)

Step 1-Concept taught

Step 2-Quick formative assessment-3 questions-varying levels of difficulty, easy to difficult

  • The “passed” group moves on to the next unit/engages in an enrichment or more challenging activity using the concept taught
  • The "almost passed" group gets a review/remediation activity to reinforce concept taught
  • The “not passed yet” group, is re-taught by the teacher in a different way than originally taught

Step 3-Students are given another assessment to make sure all have the concept, class can move on to next concept, etc.

Why does this work?

Students are re-grouped often, sometimes daily depending on how often you use this approach.

Students are grouped by where they are in their learning/knowledge of this unit or concept.

Differentiation: Grouping by Readiness using AIMSweb and Classroom Data

How could you use AIMSweb data to group?

  • Leveled text groups
  • Paired reading-yellow and green, yellow and red
  • Choral reading-green to yellow or red if in small groups or pairs

Melissa Deacon

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