What are student groups and why should I use them?

Student groups and their underlying sub-groups are subsets of the students in a class. They allow you to easily deliver individualized content for differentiated instruction and provide personalized intervention. You are not required to create groups. Groups, however, only need to be set up once and can be kept for the lifetime of a class or modified to adapt to changing circumstances, thus saving time when delivering a lesson.

Here are two examples of how a teacher might set up her groups:

  • A secondary teacher might create a group for each of her class periods, one being ‘English Period 5’.  She can then add the sub-groups 'top', 'middle', and 'bottom' for different streams in each class. This enables the teacher to provide remediation or extra material to keep students engaged, and to send that material only to those learners who need it without disrupting the rest of the class.
  • A primary teacher might create a group for each of the subjects she teaches to a single class, one being 'Math'. She can then add sub-groups for different streams for her class in that specific subject. 

Last updated: 2016-December-20