Instructional Practice

Effective Practices

Flexible Grouping

PL-1, I-3, I-10



Make sure the data used to form current groups is applicable to the current task/learning objective.

Quick Tips

Grouping is most effective when it targets a specific skill. Teachers should  vary  instruction according to students’ needs and review groups frequently. It can be helpful for students to have Learning Logs to record what students did on a particular day. When planning for group instruction, teachers can use the acronym TAPS (Total Group, Alone, Partner, Small Group) to consider the variety of ways students can be flexibly grouped.


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