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Flexible Grouping

Combining students to differentiate instruction


Educators at West Belden group students based on need - small groups are created when there is a common need among multiple students. These groups are rarely static for a long period of time as needs are constantly changing.

Student Does

  • Checks teacher agenda in class to see if they have been assigned any small group work for the day.
  • Requests seminars in specific topic areas if they know they are struggling.

Teacher Does

  • Uses NWEA, formative, and/or program data to identify student skills and abilities and adjusts groups to match those skills and needs.

Technology Does

  • Provides program data for educators to review and adjust groups.
  • Allows for data dashboards of additional data (formative/NWEA) that helps teachers identify correct student groupings.

Strategy Resources

CICS Student Groupings Screen Shot

CICS West Belden uses student groups to differentiate instruction. Learn More

CICS West Belden groups students to differentiate instruction. This photo shows a sample screen shot of science class student groups as well as the lesson objective and tasks.
Class Example: Flexible Groupings at West Belden

CICS West Belden Teachers use flexible groupings to provide students with personalized instruction and supports. Learn More

Dynamically re-group based on formative assessment

This strategy, created by Unlocking Time, captures how schools utilize formative assessment data to re-group... Learn More

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