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miloshcl
Vary the levels within a group
Thu Jun 11, 2015 09:49
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While reading the chapter by Dr. Koppenhaver, I was reinforced in my belief that it is best to never make pairs or groups on the basis of level. It is not helpful to the students to be working with someone on their same level towards a goal they could accomplish on their own or won't be able to accomplish even together. What is beneficial is having a group of students at various levels trying to work towards one goal and helping each other in areas of weakness. That being said, I might group students based on different strengths and weaknesses, which you will discover as you informally assess them.

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    • Re: Partnering? - Hunter Hastings, Thu Jun 11 10:13
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    • Vary the levels within a group - miloshcl, Thu Jun 11 09:49
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    • Partnering Question - McKenzi Davis, Thu Jun 11 09:34
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        • Partnering - McKenzi Davis, Fri Jun 12 09:45
          That is so true Sarah. The only way to make partnering successful in the classroom is by making sure that all students, despite their academic abilities, have equal opportunities for input during... more
    • Partnering Question - luckadooso, Wed Jun 10 22:55
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      • Reply to Partnering Question: Sarah - Maggie Horne, Thu Jun 11 23:09
        Sarah, I completely agree with you! I really appreciate what you said about making sure one student does not dominate the activity. I have found that when partnering students of a high ability level... more
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