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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Grouping students

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From: Angela

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2000082917:43:58
Subject: Reply to all the helpful responses

Dear Jan, Thank you for the site. The problem I see is that it only goes up to 12 students and I don't see a pattern. It seems like trial and error was used. My biggest class has 27 students. My smallest class has 15. My brother made a program for me using excel. He is a genius. The problem does have a fault though. You must use groups that will always divide in half to get an even number. The groups can be 2, 4, 8, 12, 24 or 32. When I have my biggest class, I have been typing in 24 names and leaving out three. then I pair them up with one of the other groups. Is anyone interested in a program that does this? Does anyone have a program that will work with any number of students you type in? This is a wonderful way to teach students to work with other students. I teach science to fifth through eighty graders. With this program I can easily assign lab partners. Each lab they get a new partner. They seem to be upset at first but it really works in the end. They are happy to work with kids they normally probably wouldn't be with. They know that it's only for one lab if it's someone they don't get along that great with. It eliminates the boy choosing boy and girl choosing girl all the time too. They know that they'll eventually be with every other person and they really learn from each other. I tell them that having many partners gives them a chance to learn different things from each other and also to teach others things they know themselves. Thanks for all the responses. Angela

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