Reflection: Classroom Setup Clean up before solving - Section 2: Activity


Grouping by ability is a point of controversy in my school. One major criticism of the approach is that the criteria used to group students is subjective and it may lead students to take on labels. Flexibility and careful thought are important here, in order to avoid negative outcomes. I take care to group students in a way that avoids upsetting them. 

I believe that some activities, like No way Rene, work better when students are grouped by ability. Therefore, I try to be flexible and ability grouping when it supports the goal of helping students to learn the curriculum better.

When I group by ability, I take a few minutes before the lesson to think carefully about things to watch out for before I start the class. And, once the class actually begins, I may make changes depending on the circumstances.


  Classroom Setup: Grouping students
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Clean up before solving

Unit 2: Solving Linear Equations
Lesson 4 of 10

Objective: SWBAT simplify equations before solving.

Big Idea: Students must be skilled at adding like terms and using the distributive property correctly when solving many equations.

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Math, solving equations, Algebra, Linear and Nonlinear Equations, distributive property, like terms, simplifying equations
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