Series Creating Success in Middle School: Assess and Group

Assess and Group

Lesson Objective: Consider assessment data and relationships when grouping students
Grades 6-8 / Math / Collaboration
5 MIN

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. What can you learn from Mr. Yager about grouping students?
  2. How does Mr. Yager leverage the social nature of middle school students during group work?
  3. How does having a growth mindset help Mr. Yager embrace this style of student collaboration?

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  • Private message to Cristal Salinas

  • What can you learn from Mr. Yager about grouping students?
    • Friends grouping together can be beneficial for students learning. The reason is that they care about their peers and try to get them to understand the material.  
  • How does Mr. Yager leverage the social nature of middle school students during group work?
    • Mr. Yager talks about the advantage of building a positive relationship with students. The first time he tried grouping students with friends, he struggled with trusting them to stay on task. His overall experience turned out to be an eye-opener.  
  • How does having a growth mindset help Mr. Yager embrace the style of student collaboration?
    • Having a growth mindset gives the students an incentive to keep wanting to learn. Students should learn to accept mistakes or that not all answers may be correct.

 

 

 

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  • Private message to Jeannie Thomas

*Mr. Yager gives the idea that letting friends working together can sometimes help them want to work harding.  Also, to have one individual who has the concept to work with other students who are having a hard time. and mentor them.

* Having the strong relationships invoke a strong mentorship by working hard to an end resul.

*Instilling the concept that mistakes are something that we haven't learned yet and is something to work on.

 

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  • Private message to Gretta Brinson
  1. What can you learn from Mr. Yager about grouping students? That you can group friends together and they will work and not just visit the whole time.
  2. How does Mr. Yager leverage the social nature of middle school students during group work? He uses their socializing nature to aid in collaborative learning by having the students discuss their work.
  3. How does having a growth mindset help Mr. Yager embrace this style of student collaboration? Leveraging strong relationships to building intrinsic motivation for kids to want to do the right thing eventually without needing the teachers coddling or assistance to get them on track.  
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  • Private message to Erika Aaron
  1. What can you learn from Mr. Yager about grouping students? Using student data to help group students is a plus but allowing them to work with friends helps the students as well.
  2. How does Mr. Yager leverage the social nature of middle school students during group work?He allows other students that may be struggling to help the other students during their activities. This helps a stronger learner push the other learner in a positive way.
  3. How does having a growth mindset help Mr. Yager embrace this style of student collaboration?He seems to want to foster relationships to help build students confidence, in essence this helps them have a more meaningful collaboration when getting assignments done.
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  • Private message to Valerie /Willis
  1. What can you learn from Mr. Yager about grouping students?

I my opinion, by building class relationship and trust.

  1. How does Mr. Yager leverage the social nature of middle school students during group work?

By the instructor implementing his social culture in the classroom, allows the students to socialize in group and help each other be successful.

  1. How does having a growth mindset help Mr. Yager embrace this style of student collaboration?

In collaboration and embracing the classroom gives the students a certain mindset style to be successful and management the class as well.

 

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Transcripts

  • Assess and Group Transcript

    Speaker 1: So, finish part B. All right. This is good. Horns up. When you finish your

    Assess and Group Transcript

    Speaker 1: So, finish part B. All right. This is good. Horns up. When you finish your horns go up so that I can come around to check your work. You may work with your partner. You can.

    Speaker 2: Okay.

    Speaker 1: I have learned how to begin harnessing the energy that kid must apply to having a conversation with their friends about what they're going to do after school to having a conversation with their friend about how to solve a problem. I want you to try out problem number one with your partner right now for the next two minutes. Go. So, we do Y2. The groups that I build throughout the year are based on data that I have one in kids essentially, several some of the assessments. They're benchmarks, they're quarterly assessments. They're a measure of academic progress and also based on someone that flies contrary to what a lot of people would want to do, I will intentionally group a kid with a friend.

    Speaker 2: [crosstalk] today we can go two more [crosstalk]

    Speaker 1: I've learned to leverage the fact that a scholar in a classroom really cares about their best friends and they want them to be successful that when that one of them is experiencing some difficulty but the other one is starting to understand, it really builds into that sense of team and collective responsibility and wanting everyone in the class to be successful. All right. So, I'm going to put you in charge of getting on the Sammy through independent back. And when I see that three of my scholars who sit fairly close to each other having the exact same problem, but one of them is not necessarily having that problem, I would not hesitate like I did today in pulling the scholar who's being extremely successful up to work with another group thatΓÇÖs having a separate set of difficulties and kind of pushing those three scholars from different groups together into one group.

    Speaker 3: And then, so it's the same thing with the bottom two. It's just adding one instead of subtracting.

    Speaker 1: By grouping those kids together instead of jumping from one group to the next and moving all over the classroom in order to accomplish essentially the same thing with several different groups of kids. I kind of put them together into one group and was able to deal with them. I want you to talk to each other. I want to see if you can explain back to each other how we end up with 11, how we know to get there. I'll be back to check on this.

    Speaker 3: And this is why we're here and then you got to get one, but then you got the second one first and you subtract by two.

    Speaker 4: So you subtracted by the opposite like here and same side?

    Speaker 3: Yeah.

    Speaker 4: Same side.

    Speaker 3: But you just switch them that.

    Speaker 1: It's really, really important like when you're establishing the sort of culture of freneticism and constant group work that the expectation be on getting the work done. Okay. Beautiful. So [?] I want you all to continue in this group into the end of practice. I want you to make sure that we're doing it correctly, okay?

    Speaker 4: Okay.

    Speaker 1: You're doing fine? I want you to do each other. I believe that when we're talking about strong classroom management, what we're really talking about is being able to leverage strong relationships into building intrinsic motivation for kids to want to do the right thing eventually without needing like my calling or my assistance to get them on the right track.

    Speaker 4: We got something different. We got like 9 and 12 and it didn't work out.

    Speaker 3: These are really interesting thoughts. Okay. So, I'm going to show you exactly how to solve this from. I want you to compare the work that you were just doing to the work that I'm going to do.

    Speaker 1: You want to teach your kid not to be afraid of failure or getting a question wrong. You want to teach your kid that areas of weakness are really just areas in which we haven't grown yet and that we still need to improve. Being able to recognize that for yourself and for your classroom I think is really important to, not only your sanity, but your ability to continually improve your practice. When I start doing stuff like this last year, it was a hot mess and a half for a lot of the time that we taught kids would be kind of all over the place and I had difficulty ensuring and entrusting that kids would be doing what was expected of them. So, what I want you to do here is I want you to explain what you did so that you actually didn't need to look at that. But what I found the more and more that I get into this, it was if I start the year out with strong relationships, then it's easier to take risks throughout the year and to do things that at first glance might seem like managerial disasters waiting to happen.

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