6. Grouping for Engaged Learning
Heterogeneous. Heterogeneous groups
include males and females and a mix of cultures, learning styles, abilities,
socioeconomic status, and ages. This mixture brings a wealth of background
knowledge and differing perspectives to authentic, challenging tasks.
Flexible. Flexible groups are configured
and reconfigured according to the purposes of instruction. This flexibility
enables educators to make frequent use of heterogeneous groups and to form
groups, usually for short periods of time, based on common interests or
Equitable. The use of both flexible
and heterogeneous groups is one of the most equitable means of grouping.
It ensures increased opportunities to learn for all students.