In the previous blogs in this category I wrote about:
In this blog, I write about the ways Study Materials and Supporting students can be varied so that you meet the needs of a wider range of students.
It is normal that study material is delivered in various forms, videos, pictures, texts, books, websites et cetera.
An effective way to support a greater number of different students - rather than trying to do it all yourself - is to form groups.
There are many temptations when making groups. Teachers might seek to ‘protect’ certain students or strategize to ‘guarantee’ good results. Whilst having full respect for those concerns, there is a risk of limiting the learning from getting the groups ‘wrong’. It is worth the risk of giving Lady Luck a hand in making the groups.
Here’s a Lady Luck way to make groups.
Prepare in advance
The next level is to prepare group lists before the start of the lesson, based on whatever criteria you choose. There is a small risk in this strategy of some students arriving late, or not at all, and thus affecting the ideal composition of the group.
Another level is to ‘count off’ the students into groups according to where they are sitting or standing at the time.
You can count aloud:
At a higher level, regarding student responsibility, involve them in the composition of their own groups. Say “Choose people you have not worked with before”.
Mature students handle this beautifully even in their teens.
In the last blog in this category I will write about
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