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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

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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