Gifted Cluster Grouping
Monique R. Moss
How do you know if cluster grouping is for you?
- Are you in the top 5% of your grade level population?
- Are you in a mixed ability classroom?
- Is there a teacher in your school who is capable of teaching gifted students (certified)?
There are many advantages to CLUSTER GROUPING.
Students are grouped by ability and areas of strength.
Students are not used as "helpers" or "tutors" for other students in a mixed ability classroom.
Students work in differentiated smaller groups where they can be comfortable.
But there are some disadvantages...
We want you to know there are some disadvantages before you make an educated choice.
- Parents may pressure school officials to have their children placed in a cluster.
- New students, who arrive mid-year, may not be placed in a cluster.
- The gifted instructor isn't differentiating for the cluster.
So is Cluster Grouping for you or your school?
After reading the information above you should be able to make an educated choice about the benefits cluster grouping can bring to your learning environment!