During the 2012-13 school year, grade 9 math students were grouped and regrouped to complete four projects; the objectives being improved student engagement and increased skills in numeracy outcomes.
This project became known at the Sheldon Math Flex Grouping Project.
The Animoto below summarizes the Flexible Grouping Project that grade 9 math teachers Tania Harrison, Vikki Miller, Jennifer Wyatt, Kim Perpeluk, Greg Taylor and Leslie Fowler undertook this year.
As outlined in the video, the grade 9 teachers conducted a planning session in early September to set out four periods of time throughout the 2012-13 school year when they would regroup their students in an attempt to improve Grade 9 students math outcomes. October and November of the school year saw skill based groupings of students with some groups developing math concept presentations and others building math skills using Mathletics.
In December and January, students were organized into mixed ability groups to reteach concepts that they had learned throughout the first semester and were then regrouped to teach these concepts in a large Jigsaw prior to midterm evaluations. These Jigsaw presentations provided an opportunity for all students to demonstrate their learning while supporting their classmates as they reviewed for their midterms.
Explore +4, a classroom structure intended to improve a student's stamina and skills in math using stations, was then introduced as a pilot in one of the classrooms. Finally, prior to and after Easter, students were able to apply the concepts of linear and non-linear relations to science using Heart Rate and the density of liquids and solids.
The Sheldon Math Flex Grouping Project is a great example of what is possible when a group of teachers works together to help make math accessible to students by applying it to real world examples.