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During group activities, should I put all of my ELLs students together? Also, I have 3 students that are ADD/ADHD...should I place them in a group with just the 3, or divide those 3 students out and place them in groups with other students without learning disabilities?

Oct 26, 2014 9:55pm

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    • Nov 3, 2014 9:19am

      Although, it is ultimately your decision based on your specific learning environment, ELL students benefit when placed in mixed groups. Even the native speakers in an SEI classroom can benefit as they model correct pronunciation and academic register. Effective communication is a two-way street, so the more practice native speakers have in doing their share by reaching out to foreign accents and cultures, the better off they will be when they have to team up with fellow classmates in college and at the workplace.
      Roger Faucher
      Nauset Regional High School

      • Oct 29, 2014 12:57pm

        Thank you Lora.
        I appreciate the extra links! :)
        Originally, I have been putting them all together. New seating arrangements will be issued on Monday.

        • Feb 17, 2015 3:30pm

          I agree that whether to put students with the same weaknesses and strengths together depends upon your purpose for the group. If you want to pre-teach a story to your ELs before introducing it to the whole class, then it's great to put them together. If you want your students to collaborate on group assignments or in peer-to-peer discussion, then separate them (most of the time) so they can hear more-skilled English. I would imagine this sort of sorting would also be appropriate for students with ADD/ADHD. To avoid the problem of students with more English/an easier time focusing doing all the work, assign specific jobs or expectations to each student. Like with the EL students, you might group the ADD/ADHD students together if you want them to work specifically with you while the others do independent or small-group work.

          • Feb 27, 2015 11:20am

            Heterogeneous groups are best when it comes to language learners. They benefit greatly from listening to and interacting with their peers - it's oral language modeling! :)

            • Jun 14, 2015 3:12pm

              I would not group them together because some might be higher then the others. I have always seen it work better when they are group with other peers in classroom.