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Need to rearrange seating plan for yr 1 but what about differentiation?

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Twerking9to5 Sun 22-Jan-17 20:16:19

Started a new job in Jan as a part time yr 1 teacher (3 days). Been raising kids for 3 years and was NQT before so after some experienced advice!!

The behaviour is awful. The kids are currently working on group tables, by ability. The lower ability tables are all very disruptive, so I don't think we can continue on this way.

I want to organize the class into mixed ability pairs, sat in rows so everyone can see the front. None of the children seem to be achieving well in groups as there's a culture of chatting and silliness.

But what about differentiating lessons? I can't see how it would work if I do mix the abilities.

Has anyone got any thoughts on it? Or tried something similar?

Big thanks.

BeanAnTi Sun 22-Jan-17 20:46:53

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Astro55 Sun 22-Jan-17 20:50:52

Mixed abilities work really well in literacy - they help each other along and it's easy to spot those struggling -

Have a traffic light system for maths - I think we used chili for hot pepper for medium and I can't think of the other one sorry!!!

The pairs thing may not work as DD always got X and he had bad breath!! Can you do moving pairs? Do one child doesn't get the same one each week?

Twerking9to5 Mon 23-Jan-17 21:31:44

Today has been utterly awful. I've never known 5 year olds like it.
And Ofsted are in tomorrow.


Thanks both. Something absolutely has to change. I'm going to give more thought to this whole choosing your level business. I've asked a similar question to my original OP on a teaching FB group and lots of people have suggested self selection. I honestly wouldn't have considered it but it seems to work well for others.

I need to think it through more!!

Astro55 Mon 23-Jan-17 22:49:07

Another thing I loved was a ladder for each child with 10 steps - each had a counter to move up the ladder

The children were given minuets per job well done - nice manners or anything else you want to include

At 3 o'clock the minuets were given as free play

You could see instantly if quiet phoebe hadn't been noticed - you could see the triers etc

We also had a class ladder - for say shouting out - if we (ever) got to 10 they lost a class marble - they needed a jar full to earn a treat at the end of term - usually the normal DVD!!! It worked wonders

Praise the good - reward the workers -

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