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Grouping Techniques for Classrooms - Chapter Summary
In this helpful chapter, our instructors outline grouping techniques for classrooms. You'll review several methods for this instructional strategy, as well as their advantages and disadvantages. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:
- Differentiate between small-group and whole-class instruction
- Outline the advantages and disadvantages of ability grouping and tracking
- Describe skill-based grouping for student learning
- Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of mixed-ability grouping
- Understand how to incorporate flexible grouping in the classroom
These easy-to-follow video lessons are short and engaging, so you can enjoy your study sessions. If you'd rather not watch an entire video, use the video tabs feature in the Timeline to skip to the topics you'd like to review. To ensure you've understood what you've covered, take the short quiz that accompanies each lesson.
1. Whole-Class vs. Small-Group Instruction
Throughout the day, you are going to want to use a variety of grouping techniques for different activities and lessons. Two main grouping techniques are whole-class and small-group instruction. This lesson will define these types of groups and detail when they are most useful.
2. Ability Grouping and Tracking in Schools: Advantages and Disadvantages
In this lesson we will discuss within class grouping and between class grouping. In addition, we will review the pros and cons of between class grouping, also known as tracking.
3. Skill-Based Grouping for Student Learning
Teachers can differentiate instruction by grouping students. This lesson explores criteria that can be used to group students and gives examples of how grouping is used in the classroom.
4. Mixed-Ability Grouping: Advantages & Disadvantages
Today's classrooms are diverse and contain many levels of learners. In this lesson, we'll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of mixed-ability grouping.
5. Incorporating Flexible Grouping in the Classroom
One of the most common ways to differentiate instruction to meet student needs is through flexible grouping. This lesson defines flexible grouping and details several ways you can incorporate it into your classroom.
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