BC: Angela Luciano TOH Ability Grouping
FC: Learner Differences Angela Luciano TOH Module 4 Part 2
1: Page 2: Advantages Page 3: Disadvantages Page 4: Working Together Page 5: Technology
2: Advantages of Ability Grouping Teachers working with students on the same level can adjust and tailor lessons to teach what is needed. They can take their time to focus on a topic to make sure all students understand what is needed to succeed. Students can work at a more comfortable pace, and not feel frustrated with the "what do I do next" while they are wating for other students to catch up.
3: Disadvantages of Ability Grouping Students are separated from those that are not in their group and do not have the opportunity to build relationships with those outside of their ability group. Students can feel labeled into one particular group and can be stigmatized by the labels that are being placed on them for their entire school career. Students can feel that they may never be able to move out of their “group”, and may not try as hard because they are discouraged. Children working with different abilities can offer a different point of view to one another and can learn from one another. Children who are low achievers can learn to adopt different learning styles from high achievers.
4: Working Together Ability grouping in small groups can work. Children who are separated from the “smarter kids” can develop low self esteem, and always feel that they are singled out because they are different. Working together as a group, with all abilities can offer advantages and different perspectives to different learners. Learning from one another is a skill that students will use throughout their lives. Using small groups to focus on reading and math skills can help teachers to focus on a topic to give each student the tools that they need to succeed can work. However, separating groups completely can only lead to learning how to separate oneself throughout the rest of their lives.
5: Technology When using technology to accompany lessons, heterogeneous grouping is always my first priority. Students who succeed in one area do not necessary succeed in all areas. Many students, who struggle with math, will excel while using the SmartBoard during lessons or while using the computer to solve problems. Students who learn better visually succeed when lessons are supported with websites, and computer based activities. When these elements are added to the lesson, students have a new opportunity to use the learning style that works best for them.