AnonymousDeleted UserFebruary 25, 2020 at 2:47 pm
I love to use Google Sheets to chart and color code data and look for trends that can be used for small group decision making. This is a great strategy in the heterogeneous classroom. While a Highly Capable cluster group might be present, they don’t always need the same services, and sometimes there are other, non-identified students in the classroom who can benefit from the same small group instruction as the Highly Capable students. For example, currently I am offering a telescoped 5th/6th grade math course to a group of 30 fifth graders who have shown a need for some advancement. After offering the course for four weeks, it is clear that four of the students do not have the study skills necessary to be successful in such a fast paced course, eight of the 30 students have shown the ability to move even faster, and the other 22 need a little more practice in the skills that we’ve covered before moving on. The data helps me to justify my decisions, but also to keep groups flexible, so that each child understand that their ability to move in and out of groups is based on their effort. In our next unit, the students’ needs may be different, so it is important to keep the groups flexible.