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The Purpose of Flexible Grouping

Flexible grouping is one of the hallmarks of high-quality and effective differentiation. As esteemed educator, author, and differentiation expert

Carol Ann Tomlinson explained, “[an] important principle [of differentiation] is that of flexible grouping… you need to systematically move kids among similar readiness groups, varied readiness groups, mixed learning-profile groups, interest groups, mixed interest groups, and student-choice groups.”

Otus enables teachers to implement the tutelage of Tomlinson. Otus gives the user complete control of the arrangement and quantity of groups. Using our colored flag system, teachers assign multiple flags to students (LE, gifted, tactile learner, etc). Then, teachers choose a group type (similar readiness, varied readiness, learning style, etc.) to group and regroup students as frequently as needed.

Teachers can create groups using custom criteria. Additionally, classroom and assessment performance analytics within Otus can be used to inform and assist group creation. Once groups are created teachers can push out differentiated materials, activities, and assessments to the appropriate groups with ease. As students’ and teachers’ needs change, teachers can easily add or remove students from groups. Otus helps make flexible grouping efficient and effective!

This blog originally appeared on the Otus Student Performance System features blog.

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