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Posted on October 16, 2015 5:25 pm
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JezaHa
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Managing Cluster Grouping
This is the first year we have implemented the Total Cluster Grouping model at my school. I was given the low cluster, meaning I have a lot of low achieving students in my class. I have a handful of medium to high learners. I find that, at times, it is difficult to have a small group, especially when teaching new information. How can I better serve my entire class in this setting? What is the best way to float around the room while in small group?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 17, 2015 12:17 pm

PyNaTy
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In this classroom situation I would use small groups and within those small groups I would have a mixture of low, medium, and high cluster students. With this type of blended classroom you never want to show who’s smarter than whom. Though depending on the age group of the student, they will tend to help each other out when it time for lessons. Make sure you regularly switch the groups to allow your students to become more socially interactive. This I think will help you become a better teacher and a facilitator.
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yVuRaR
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I agree. Grouping students by achievement level is usually not the smartest idea. Try to combat this by mixing up students you have been given.
  Posted on: October 3, 2016 6:46 pm

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Posted October 16, 2015 8:42 pm

aTytyP
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I am in classes set up this way. I find it best to teach to the group as a whole, then break up into stations. If you have 2 teachers, 2 stations should be a different skill, it provides closer attention to those who need to the help. The third station is independent work of review material.
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yVuRaR
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Good thinking to try to minimize the student to teacher ratio.
  Posted on: October 3, 2016 6:46 pm

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Solution 3
Posted October 18, 2015 4:34 pm

tuRemy
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I find that my lowest students have the most difficulty with independent centers. So at the beginning of the year I have had some difficulty adjusting them to group rotations. I would make sure that you have plenty of modeling and practice for activities that you plan to have at independent groups. This diminishes any disruptions for you while teaching a small group and increases student participation.
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yVuRaR
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Good idea. Make sure the students know what is expected of them.
  Posted on: October 3, 2016 6:47 pm

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Solution 4
Posted October 7, 2016 1:48 am

Krystalynn Gulczewski
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With this type of problem I would the desks set up in small groups with at least one high and medium learner in each group. I would also try to implement fun group activities such as jigsaw to help the students learn a bit better.
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Posted October 9, 2016 10:55 pm

aMapuN
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I would have the class start by teaching the lesson all together. This will eliminate the temptation to talk to other students, and eliminates distractions. Then I would break them into groups, but have the groups predetermined. In the groups I would carefully place the students in groups that compliment each other, to maximize the learning potential.
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Posted October 9, 2016 11:49 pm

yjeNus
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Grouping your students with low, middle, and high students will help the students work together to ensure all members understand the material. It also allows them to work on their social skills.
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Solution 7
Posted March 4, 2016 7:00 pm

pytaLy
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I agree
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