One technique for more easily addressing the varied needs of a large group of students is to create smaller focus groups. Groups can be formed based on skill needs, topic interests, or product. Here are a few tips for making the most of your small focus groups:

  • Form groups based on pre-assessment results
  • Re-form groups frequently as needs change
  • Meet with each group at least once per week
  • Set goals for each group and share them with students
  • Don’t be afraid to go different directions with different groups
  • Plan tiered or differentiated assignments and centers for independent work times
  • Use repeatable assignment templates to minimize preparation time