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Children learn best when they are surrounded by students with similar passions. If a kid is into robotics they can have a discussion with someone who also likes this. Your school may not have the resources to group kids in these ways. It will be up to you to be proactive. Try setting up book clubs or signing up for special interest after school activities with children who share in the same hobby. This strategy is especially beneficial for students in districts that do not employ the small group learning approach.  Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your family and friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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Most parents have seen an immediate payoff when their child is placed in a slower placed group. The structure and extra support give them a chance to develop their skills. You will also find that they will progress from group to group with more regularity. The challenge is that rearranging a lesson plan for multiple levels requires extra work on the part of the teachers. Most teachers state that all of their prep time is used up planning for these groups. It even take extra time on the weekends to get these groups ready, but the teachers feel that the time is well worth it. The teachers also feel like it has made them a more effective teacher and brings back their motivation. Not everyone is excited about this idea though. Not to mention that grouping students can put extra stress on parents. The parents worry about what the child’s level may suggest about their academic future. The fear is that teachers will reduce their expectations for what a child can achieve. If parents remain patient, most will find that their child will advance to the top groups in a matter of time. The biggest objection has been that the weaker students will not have a chance to learn from the stronger ones. There is also the worry of lowering a child’s self-esteem. When you pull out a kid who may be struggling you risk them losing their spark.

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The newest idea in grade school teaching is to group kids based on ability. It may not sound like it is fair, but many think the approach is working.

It is time for a fourth grade class to work on Language Arts. After a classroom discussion on a book promoting multicultural friendships, the students are assigned to one of five workstations. These groups are organized based on standardized test scores, as well as informal assessments by the teacher and are designed to team up kids working on similar skills. Some scour over novels in the reading nook. Others will use a laptop and headphones to try reading along with a fluent reader. Another group will work on their writing skills.

To keep a teacher from being overwhelmed, the teacher will connect with 3 groups per day, rotating so that every student gets some individual attention. The same technique will be used for math class. The groups are flexible, so a child might be in a slower paced group for decimals and fractions and a faster paced one for multiplication facts, and can switch levels during the school year.

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