Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Differentiation in a Title 1 classroom
Differentiation through flexible grouping was an area that I read more about and investigated how I do or could implement the practice in my already differentiated small groups. Being a Title 1 teacher already lends itself well to differentiated groups. I teach pull out groups that are designed strictly around data. Within the students who fall in the lower 30% of the grade, I have found that there are still several ways to break the groups down further by skill or ability. This fall I focused even more on grouping these students into differentiated skill groups. After identifying who would receive Title 1, I met with the other teacher and we divided the groups down into very specific skill levels. This is allowing us to meet the needs of the students by where they are at in the hopes of closing the gaps quickly. This has been a challenge in the past as students grow at different paces; thus, the groups need to be very fluid and flexible. So far this is working really well with our small groups. The students who have lower skill levels are being led with skills right where they are at. The students who are just below the cut are getting very different skills and should pop out of service much faster that the lower groups. Once they transition back to class either new students will take their places or the lower groups will be divide again in even more specific skill groups. Flexibility is the essence to this classroom practice.