Flexible Grouping

A strategy for differentiating instruction that provides for students to be a part of many different groups based on the match of the task to student readiness, interest, or learning profile (Guidelines: a. teacher should assign groups when the task is matched to individual readiness (prior mastery of knowledge, understandings, or skills) or students need work with a variety of classmates, b. create clear guidelines for group functioning taught in advance of group work and consistently reinforced, c. ensure that all students have opportunities to work with students who are like themselves and dissimilar from themselves, d. all students should learn to work cooperatively, collaboratively, and independently, and e. groups can be selected by the teacher either on purpose or randomly and groups can also be student selected.)