Honors Theses

Date of Award

2019

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Department

Teacher Education

First Advisor

Allan Bellman

Relational Format

Dissertation/Thesis

Abstract

Groups are commonly seen and used in mathematics classrooms. During my time student teaching, I have used what I call, “timely, flexible, dynamic, purposeful” groups. I call groups “purposeful” when there is a defined purpose for using them, there is an ability to change groups when needed, and the groups are formed from a timely assessment. During my self-study, I have looked at how I used these purposeful groups in my classroom, and how it differs from common group-types. I give an example of a specific class period, how I used the data from the opener to form purposeful groups, and how those groups worked together during the class period. Overall, I have seen that grouping methods are dependent on how you select the students. Without the use of timely data and a purpose, the groups could fall apart, and students will not be able to successfully complete the day’s lesson.

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