Series: Creating Success in Middle School

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

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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How does he group students? What was his rationale in doing so? He groups students by data, summative assessments and he puts students with friends. His rationale in doing so is that each friend will form teams or friendships where they push each other to get better because he believes that friends want their friends to succeed. Therefore, each student will work together to contribute to their learning. -What does Mr. Yager do well that ensures the success of the lesson? He is constantly talking to his students and creating strong relationship. He assists students and keeps them on task. He also uses his stronger students to teach other students. -Reviewing all three strategies, which video do you find most applicable to your classroom? Explain. I LOVE the your shining moment strategy because it motivates students to reflect on their work. I, also, think this strategy will best help students boost their own confidence in their work and allow the confidence to carry from subject to subject.
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1) How does he group students? He seems to have extremely flexible groups and can pull and add students to all different groups. He has clear expectations of student behavior. 2) What was his rationale in doing so? I think he is always trying to create groups in which he feels like the kids can contribute, share, and learn from one another. He believes that students that have strong relationships can be in a group effectively. 3) What does Mr. Yager do well that ensures the success of the lesson? You can see him moving around the classroom conferencing with students and creating the classroom climate. 4) Reviewing all strategies, which video do you find most applicable to your classroom? The first video resonated with me the most. I think bolstering their self esteem and recognizing their achievements is important, so I can envision having students reflecting on their "shining moments".
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How does he group students? What was his rationale in doing so? The teacher groups his students by the data he acquires through summative assessments, benchmarks, quarterly assessments, but has also paired his students with a friend. What does Mr. Yager do well that ensures the success of the lesson? Mr. Yager is successful with his lesson implementation by utilizing some of his students that he calls his “scholars” to help the students are struggling. He builds strong relationships with his students in the beginning of the year so they are able to be successful within their groups. Reviewing all three strategies, which video do you find most applicable to your classroom? Explain I truly thought the “shining moment” strategies is a great way for students to be involved in their learning and gives me insight of what “clicked with them” and what part of their work they are proud of.
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The teacher makes the groups based on assessment tests. I think that the teacher places a scholar in each group. It seems like a good idea that the teacher pulls the scholar from one group to another if it is needed.
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How does he group students? What was his rationale in doing so? I like how he groups the students with friends. Mr. Yager does this because he believes that scholars placed in groups care about their friends and he wants them to do well. He also believes that relationships build a team which in turn will helps the students get their work done. What does Mr. Yager do well that ensures the success of the lesson? Mr. Yager doesn't want the students to be afraid of failure. Mr. Yager wants the students to take risks. Reviewing all three strategies, which video do you find most applicable to your classroom? Explain. I liked the first video best. I always work on building my students self-esteem. I love when they have their shining moment and they are proud of their work.
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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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