Effective Grouping Strategies in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Barry Hoonan on episode 539 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today, you’ll get advice for creating grouping strategies for your classroom from an expert teacher and author on the subject. Barry Hoonan, author of What Are You Grouping For? Grades 3-8 – how to Guide Small Groups Based on Readers, Not the Book) helps us understand how to start our school year with a plan for grouping students in reading groups that works.

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Station Rotation Model: Grouping Strategies

Catlin Tucker

Most of us are still be trained to teach using a whole group lesson model, so reimagining a lesson to rotate students through a series of stations feels daunting. Work directly with small groups of students. When I train teachers on the Station Rotation Model, they are quick to ask how I group my students. I tell them that I use multiple grouping strategies. I create groups based on: Reading level. Strengths in a group dynamic.

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A Quick Way to Make Groups

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Here are two random quick ways to make groups in the classroom. This post is inspired by Barry Hoonan, co-author of “ What Are You Grouping For? Listen to his strategies for grouping which are much more complex and helpful for reading groups. Now, if I want four teams of up to five students each, I ask them to draw in letter groups.

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MasterMind Educator Groups: Build Safe Spaces for Innovation

The CoolCatTeacher

Mastermind groups are innovative ways to create safe spaces for teachers to grow and learn together. In this show, 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki shares how she has facilitated Mastermind groups successfully. She talks about the pitfalls and challenges of creating spaces to innovate and why mastermind groups aren’t for every teacher. Daniel Bauer has a free Mastermind Toolkit to help you gMastet started building mastermind groups.

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Collaborative Group Sessions with Hangouts

Teacher Reboot Camp

Some ideas for peer collaboration projects, include peer editing, designing a group presentation, brainstorming about a topic or project, hosting a debate, or creating a collaborative story. “It is a fact that in the right formation, the lifting power of many wings can achieve twice the distance of any bird flying alone.” ” – Milton Olson. Google Hangouts is a great web tool and mobile app for learners to collaborate.

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GroupDocs: A Copy Per Group

Teacher Tech

GroupDocs Add-on Randomly Assigns Students to Groups In the modern world collaboration and getting along with a team is essential. Assigning students to group work can sometimes be tricky. Use my Add-on GroupDocs to assign students to groups and give each group a copy of a collaborative document. The post GroupDocs: A Copy Per Group appeared first on Teacher Tech.

10 Dos & Don’ts For Group Work & Student Grouping

TeachThought - Learn better.

10 Dos And Don’ts For Group Work & Student Grouping. However, the challenge facing many educators is not in wanting their students to work together, but in figuring out how to group students together in the most effective ways. We do not want to create groups that hinder the progress of any of our students! This simple guide can help you the next time you are creating groups for an assignment or task in your classroom! Learning GROUP grouping

5 ideas for using Google Classroom’s new differentiation and grouping feature

Ditch That Textbook

Deliver assignments to small groups? Google announced a few changes to Google Classroom, and this one was the bombshell: assign activities to small groups [.]. Ed Tech differentiation edtech educational technology g suite for education gafe google apps for education google classroom grouping gsuiteeduOne huge drawback of using Google Classroom has beenthe inflexibility of creating assignments. Everything you assigned had to go to every student.

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Station Rotation Model: Alternative Group Formations

Catlin Tucker

Teachers see my examples which show four separate groups and assume that all station rotations must have four groups. For example, I worked with a school in Southern California that dedicated Mondays to whole group instruction then Tuesday through Friday were rotations. The teacher works with one side of the room, and the other side of the room is engaged in a collaborative small group activity or individual practice online.

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The Solution to Inclusion: Small Group Instruction

MiddleWeb

Co-teaching/UDL coach and NBCT Elizabeth Stein makes the case for small group instruction being the very thing to engage co-teachers in co-designing accessible, meaningful learning and effective outcomes for everyone in inclusive classes. Small Group Instruction Two Teachers in the Room co-teacher Elizabeth Stein general education inclusive classroom small group instruction two teachers in the room

A Student’s Perspective on Group Work

Omega Notes

Brenden Thomas shares his group work experience as an undergrad student at Penn State University and an intern with Omega Notes. Hearing an instructor say they are assigning a group assignment can be both relieving and terrifying as a student. Many group projects involve more total work than individual assignments. However, after the work is split between all group members, it is often less work per person. This causes a lot of stress to the remaining group members.

CEO Support Groups Provide Perspective, Advice, Lessons

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Having a group of experienced company leaders to share experiences with can help you run a healthy, successful business. The post CEO Support Groups Provide Perspective, Advice, Lessons appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog business CEO Lean Startup Listenwise startup

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Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning

MiddleWeb

Brown help teachers think through the challenges of grouping and offer resources to develop effective groups and differentiate as needed for specific purposes. Book Reviews Grouping assessment behavior collaboration differentiation digital resources Dina Brulles PhD Free Spirit Publishing grouping Karen L. Dina Brulles and Karen L.

Experimenting with Math Testing in Groups

MiddleWeb

Michelle Russell's first try at giving a group math test – with students self selecting into groups of four – will add a new tool to her practice. Math Testing Meaningful Math achievement cons group math test Michelle Russell pros students responsesShe reports on how her students responded, what they achieved, and how she and the students evaluated the experience.

Using EdTech Analytics to Improve Group Work

Omega Notes

Ask most students and they’ll probably tell how group work may be one of the least satisfying experiences they’ve ever had in school. Yet research suggests that group work, such as case-based teaching, can provide significant benefits. Despite this fact, there remains an area of need within group work: a reliable method of evaluating student performance objectively and efficiently. . The Problem with Measuring Student Involvement in Group Work.

Student Collaboration: Grouping That Works

MiddleWeb

In Group Work That Works, Paul Vermette and Cynthia Kline draw on research and experience to provide a thorough plan, supported by extensive resources, for implementing collaborative learning. Book Reviews Grouping challenges collaboration Cynthia L. Kline Dual Objective Model eye on education group work interdependence Linda Biondi Paul J.

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Student Group Work

MiddleWeb

How do your students react when you ask them to work together in groups? Teacherpreneur and author Patrice Palmer shares strategies to plan ahead and avoid group project pitfalls and to help students see the benefits of working with each other. Articles Group Work benefits ground rules group work Patrice Palmer pitfalls teamsCheers or groans?

10 Dos & Don’ts For Group Work & Student Grouping

TeachThought - Learn better.

10 Dos And Don’ts For Group Work & Student Grouping by Jennifer Rita Nichols Educators have learned much about the benefits of using projects for learning, and collaboration is easily recognized as an important skill for students to build. The post 10 Dos & Don’ts For Group Work & Student Grouping appeared first on TeachThought.

Storillo: Great Platform for Group Writing Projects

techlearning

Storillo is a group writing tool that allows multiple students to simultaneously contribute to a single piece of writing

This Is How You Teach A Group Of Students Online

EdNews Daily

Today, our guest is teacher Lynette, who teaches English online to groups of students at HAWO American Academy. I have been an online teacher for HAWO American Academy for two years, and now I solely teach trial group classes. I have been teaching group class from the moment they began, and I was one of the first teachers to teach these classes. I also helped launch the group classes. What do you like most about teaching a group of students?

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Grouping Tabs in Chrome

Hansen's Link to Tech

Recently Google Chrome implemented a recent update allowing users to create web tabs into color coded named groups. Right click on the tab Select Add to New Group If you already have a Group you can remove or add to an existing group. Additionally if you want to be super organized you have the ability to provide Tab Group names and color code them. This will allow you to easily find what tab groups you are looking for and/or organize.

40 Facebook Groups for Educators

Shake Up Learning

The post 40 Facebook Groups for Educators appeared first on Shake Up Learning. But I have found a gold mine in Facebook groups for educators. In fact, I have 40 Facebook Groups for Educators to share with you in this post! If you are on Facebook, there are hundreds of groups for just about any educational topic that interests you. I’ve learned so much from the Shake Up Learning Facebook Group ! Below are 40 Facebook Groups for Educators.

Outschool Is In, Raising $45M to Beam Live, Small-Group Classes to Homes

Edsurge

million to also offer live, small-group online classes (though focused strictly on academic subjects). The emergence of “ learning pods ,” or small-group learning communities usually formed by families, has raised concerns over whether these private programs may worsen educational inequities.

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Group Work Gets Kids More Engaged in STEM

Digital Promise

Studies show that preschool children who participated in a 26-week math curriculum had math test scores that improved twice as much as children in a control group with a standard preschool curriculum. For one of these activities, children were made to believe that they were part of a group. Each group had a special color. For example, children in the green group put on a green t-shirt. This article was originally published on The Conversation.

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Emphasize Flexibility and Adaptability When Grouping Students

edWeb.net

The gifted group. The slow group. The behavioral issues group. Grouping in schools fell out of favor partially because educators—and parents—felt like kids were getting labeled and that groupings didn’t help students improve. While not calling for a return to those rigid structures, in the edWebinar “ Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning: Making It Work,” Dina Brulles, Ph.D., before they assign group work.

Gamify Your Writing Group

ProfHacker

What do you get when you ask members of a Games Research Group to each commit to 30 minutes of scholarly writing a day? The ideas of daily writing goals and writing groups are not new. Ryan Cordell wrote about this two years ago , citing Wendy Laura Belcher’s book Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks , which most of our group members have used and found helpful in the past. Productivity gamification summer writing writing writing groups

Group Maker: Automatically Make Groups with Google Sheets

Teacher Tech

This template allows you to copy and paste your roster of students and have them randomly divided up into groups. Default group size is 4. Change the group size in cell B1. The Template alicekeeler.com/groupmaker Paste Roster After creating a copy of the template, paste your student roster into column A. Add On Menu Use […]. Google Intermediate Script Sheets google sheets spreadsheets

Developing Strategies for Success in Student Group Work

Omega Notes

Group work has the unique ability to deliver results that extend far beyond a single term’s academic grades. Putting together groups that reflect diverse experiences means greater perspectives that lead to more effective problem solving with more creative solutions. And the strong social and academic ties that arise from group work can improve overall student retention. . How Group Work Challenges Students. Group Work Challenges Faculty, Too.

Top 10 Study Group Forums and Websites for High School Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

I don’t post enough about high school so I’m thrilled with her article: Some students study more productively in groups, working with their peers. Online groups and forums allow them to ask questions and learn from each other outside the traditional classroom in a space where they typically turn to for studying anyway. Here are 10 of the most helpful forums and study group websites that encourage students to work and learn together.

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Blended Learning: Designing a Whole Group Rotation with StudySync

Catlin Tucker

In my book, Blended Learning in Action , I included a chapter on the Whole Group Rotation, which is a modern spin on the Lab Rotation. There are several benefits to using the Whole Group Rotation. Create time and space to work with individual students or small groups of students who need additional support, instruction, or scaffolding.

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With Flexible Grouping We Can Reach Every Kid

MiddleWeb

When students are busy learning, staying in a single group is stifling. The solution for teacher-author Amber Chandler is a "flexible classroom" where students rotate through strategic groupings to meet differentiated needs at various stages of the learning process. Articles Differentiation Amber Chandler co-teaching differentiated learning differentiation effective grouping flexible teaching grouping techniques middle school teaching strategies

Peer Power: Get More from Group Work

MiddleWeb

Research leaves little doubt that strategic use of groups and teams boosts achievement for most students, says teacher educator Curtis Chandler. Learn about the key elements of group work and several digital tools that make forming groups flexible and efficient. Class Apps Group Work classroom culture collaboration Curtis Chandler Google Sheets group formation Group Maker Pro group work GroupMaker Random Group Creator Random Team Generator

GroupDocs: Randomly Assign Groups With a Template

Teacher Tech

This Add-on randomizes your roster and puts students into groups. It then makes a copy of a document from Google Drive for each group and […]. The post GroupDocs: Randomly Assign Groups With a Template appeared first on Teacher Tech. GroupDocs Add On for Google Sheets It’s always a good day for me when I can get a little coding in. Yesterday I updated my GroupDocs Add-on for Google Sheets.

Google Classroom: TemplateTab for Groups

Teacher Tech

The post Google Classroom: TemplateTab for Groups appeared first on Teacher Tech. Students Collaborating on a Spreadsheet Students working in the same spreadsheet, yes please. If you have students doing collaborative work on a spreadsheet my Add-on TemplateTab might be super helpful. Template alicekeeler.com/templatetab Graphic Organizer The 2nd tab of the TemplateTab spreadsheet let’s you design a graphic organizer. Design the sheet to provide organization for what […].

How a student-led group impacted 500 kids this summer

eSchool News

KidTeachKid , a nonprofit organization created and run by Houston-area high schoolers and their friends, has made a great educational impact on the local community.