Effectively grouping students based on the lesson, activity, interests or ability is one of the most challenging things to do in a middle school classroom. This Action Research explores the effectiveness of flexible grouping students in a fifth- grade science classroom, and the impact on the students’ learning and engagement. Students were grouped four ways: mixed readiness, same readiness, learner profile, and interest. Six focus students were selected to be interviewed before and after implementing each method for grouping. Formative assessments and learner profile and interest surveys were used to flexibly group the students and create appropriate and engaging lessons. One method does prove to be better than the others. Each method has both benefits and drawbacks which confirms that it is important to continuously group students flexibly in this middle school science classroom.
Middle Childhood Education
Russell, Shawna, "Action Research: Effective Ways to Group Students in a Middle School Classroom" (2019). Honors Projects. 444.