Barbara H. Sakamoto is going to give a webinar next Friday ( Feb 22nd) on ‘Getting the best from big, small and mixed-ability classes’
She also created a Wallwisher, now called Padlet for all of us share our tips.
It made me reflected on my own experience with mixed-abilities groups (small groups) and how I work with them to make sure all of them have the chance to develop in their own way and I have a chance to check where each of them is. I totally agree with Barbara that even within a group of students placed in the same level of a course can have an age gap, for example, and we need to take into consideration their needs as well. I shall remember this.
Working with short videos (videos clips, short stories) and open-ended activities really have helped me working with mixed-abilities groups. There is a number of ways I work with them and unfortunally I haven’t really registered them as I should have. This is one of my PD resolutions this year. Keep an online portfolio of the worksheets and Learners’ samples, and also the blog as a reflective and registering tool.
If anyone have tips on how to work with mixed-ability classes, please do share on Padlet wall. I have already added my two cents and here is a post that has an example of how I usually work with my teens and open-ended activities. They love when sound and image are used in class. That really draws their attention to the subject matter.