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Mixed ability groups

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blondie

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Mixed ability groups
« on: September 08, 2010, 11:43:49 AM »
Hi all,

For the first time in my teaching, Yr 8s are not going to be set.  The tutor groups were not set in Year 7 for geography, which was fine but now I'm thinking of how to get the most out of them in Year 8.  I have put them into 3 groups for the moment of red (lower), amber (middle), green (higher ability) but that's just for my reference.  I'm not sure whether or not to sit the groups in the same area (ie. higher ability back row) or whether or not to pair them up with a learning partner (so higher ability with less able).  What do people think?

Also if I use the group idea then do I tell them or not?  I could call the groups after a landmark  ??? instead of using the colours.  Or just maybe 1, 2 and 3?!  If I use the number idea then when they pair up, could pair a pupil from 1 with pupil from 3?

I would appreciate any help or advice on this!

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Re: Mixed ability groups
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2010, 12:08:21 PM »
I've heard of teachers using nc grades to divide classes up into quartiles, then placing one studnet from each quartile on a table of 4 for team work?

You could have tables of 6 with two from each of your groups?
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Re: Mixed ability groups
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2010, 01:10:21 PM »
I've taught fully mixed ability for the last 16 years - every class I've ever taught in the school.

To be honest, they tend to work their way through and sort themselves into vague ability groups anyway. Sometimes it's easier to have them sat with people of the same sorts of ability, sometimes it's not - nothing wrong with being flexible. In terms of higher on the back row - I'd mix them up and watch for the behaviour issues.

Tbh I think the biggest problem, as it is with most classes, is to not teach to the middle all the time.
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Re: Mixed ability groups
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2010, 06:02:09 PM »
You can prepare core work with extension, or go for the whole class will do this ,some will do that too and some may also do the other as well.
This ensures positive objectives and outcomes for all.
Mixed ability does need a mixed menu, but the results can be tasty.
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Re: Mixed ability groups
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2010, 12:58:52 PM »
Thank you for your experiences and advice.  I have had two of the classes so far and decided for them to choose their learning partner, then sit them so they are in a row of 4.  When we do group work I will mix the learning partners up.  I made it clear that if their learning partner choices didn't work then they would be changed.

With the two groups if worked well, so hopefully it will for the others.

blondie