Heterogeneous or Homogeneous Classrooms?  No More Dilemmas!   By Janie B. Amherst Regional High School
“The Prairie Would Be Silent If Only The Most Talented Birds  Sang” • Old Midwestern Proverb
Excellence  Equity <ul><li>Homogeneous Classes (Grouped) </li></ul><ul><li>Access to equal education  </li></ul><ul><li>St...
How do we teach all the birds    to sing? <ul><li>Strive for Excellence and Equity Concurrently </li></ul><ul><li>More stu...
What I Learned: <ul><li>Education reform has eliminated most of the lowest groupings </li></ul><ul><li>Heterogeneous class...
Talented and Gifted Programs <ul><li>TAG students are usually identified by traditional testing methods </li></ul><ul><li>...
Comparing Classrooms <ul><li>Heterogeneous Classes </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum differentiation </li></ul><ul><li>Differen...
Why Can’t We Have Accelerated Schools for All?
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Heterogeneous Or Homogeneous Classrooms Jane

  1. 1. Heterogeneous or Homogeneous Classrooms? No More Dilemmas! By Janie B. Amherst Regional High School
  2. 2. “The Prairie Would Be Silent If Only The Most Talented Birds Sang” • Old Midwestern Proverb
  3. 3. Excellence Equity <ul><li>Homogeneous Classes (Grouped) </li></ul><ul><li>Access to equal education </li></ul><ul><li>Student placement conforms to race/ethnicity and class </li></ul><ul><li>Achievement gaps between groups widen </li></ul><ul><li>Stigma of lower groups </li></ul><ul><li>Heterogeneous Classes (Ungrouped) </li></ul><ul><li>Wider spectrum of student needs </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers teach to the middle </li></ul><ul><li>Gifted students are unchallenged </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative resources for remediation </li></ul>
  4. 4. How do we teach all the birds to sing? <ul><li>Strive for Excellence and Equity Concurrently </li></ul><ul><li>More students learn more when they are all together. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What I Learned: <ul><li>Education reform has eliminated most of the lowest groupings </li></ul><ul><li>Heterogeneous classes are good for most </li></ul><ul><li>Heterogeneous and homogeneous mathematic and science classes produce similar achievement results </li></ul><ul><li>Talented and Gifted Programs are the last frontier </li></ul>
  6. 6. Talented and Gifted Programs <ul><li>TAG students are usually identified by traditional testing methods </li></ul><ul><li>TAG Programs favor certain racial and ethnic groups </li></ul><ul><li>Economically disadvantaged students are the most underrepresented students in TAG Programs </li></ul>
  7. 7. Comparing Classrooms <ul><li>Heterogeneous Classes </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum differentiation </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiated/Individualized Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible problem-solving </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperative and interactive learning strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Alternate assessment models </li></ul><ul><li>Enrichment strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Talented and Gifted Classes </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum differentiation </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiated/Individualized Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible problem-solving </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive learning strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Alternate assessment models </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerated or enrichment activities </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why Can’t We Have Accelerated Schools for All?

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