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Group with intention

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Groupings for centers vary according to instructional purpose and needs of the students. Students can work independently, with a partner, in interest-based, mixed-ability, or leveled groups. In all cases, grouping decisions must be intentional, based on the nature and purpose of the task.

Activity:  Start by viewing two models for grouping



Then identify small groups

  • first, based on differentiated small group instruction with students in same skill levels
  • next, in groups based on grouping according to interest-based learning groups


Optional: Read What are the rest of the students doing?


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These tools were created as part of the Literacy Improvement in Rural Education through Collaboration (LIREC) project funded by the U.S. Department of Education