Reflection: Student Grouping Electromagnets - Section 2: Engagement


The students in this class are 3rd and 4th graders, ages 8-10.  These students were not placed into my room to keep up with developmentally appropriate best practices, but to save money by not having to hire another teacher.  In an effort to make this class more successful, I was given the students who tend to work well independently.  This is wonderful during Language Arts, as they are all reading and writing while I conference with students individually, but it makes group work a challenge.  I am very mindful about how I've placed my students.  I try to balance boys and girls, 3rd and 4th grade.  They are all competent readers, so I focus more on personality.  I have so many leaders that I have to make sure I'm placing students where they can stand up for themselves without it turning into a fight.  I also keep students in these groups for an entire quarter, allowing groups to work past the honeymoon and conflict phases, and into the productive working phase once they understand each other and how to work with each other.

  Heterogenous Grouping
  Student Grouping: Heterogenous Grouping
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Unit 5: Electricity and Magnetism
Lesson 11 of 14

Objective: SWBAT build an electromagnet, record data about its magnetic force, and develop questions for further investigations.

Big Idea: How can you build the most powerful electromagnet?

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