No maths groups! Wow.... this is different.
What am I talking about?
Working with Bobbie Hunter again as part of our Professional Development in maths. The idea behind mixed ability groupings is a tricky concept to take on board (at least after having levelled groups since my practicum days), but I'm giving it a go. The idea is that to be able to learn through discussion and argumentation, there must actually be a range of ideas to discuss and argue. Therefore by streaming the groups you limit the idea pool.
Spilt the class in half
This is totally different. Giant groups to launch the programme. Social groupings, i.e. groupings that will help produce talking, discussion, and argumentation. What this could mean, is that you see your giant groups on alternate days. At this point I can't manage the other half of my class well, without at least seeing them for 10-15 minutes, so I'm fitting them in at the end.
Once the problem has been launched the learners are given about 15 minutes in small groups (4) to solve the problem together, they have to talk, and they have to work together.