Honors Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Teacher Education

First Advisor

Allan Bellman

Relational Format



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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