Different Kids, Same Classroom

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Different Kids, Same Classroom

By Helen McGrath, Toni Noble
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A book for every teacher! Here is the key to meeting the challenge of teaching in the mixed ability classroom. Each section presents a range of practical teaching strategies so that all children are included in lessons yet still have their individual needs met.

Co-operative skills are outlined to help students learn how to work together. Games are an integral part of the approach taken in this book and are used to teach students in an enjoyable way the necessary learning and social skills that help build a tolerant and supportive classroom, in addition to helping to train peer tutors.


Units of work focus on the basic needs of student with learning difficulties whilst also challenging the more able students.

Part A: Building a Supportive Classroom

  • Lots of ideas for the whole class to share together and so learn to value and respect each other's differences, feel good about themselves and enjoy working together, thus creating a supportive and caring classroom environment.

Part B: Using Co-Operative Learning

  • The best way to teach children to work together is to first teach students specific co-operative social skills for working in groups. Twenty-five co-operative skills are treated in addition to enjoyable ways to select groups, different roles for group members and twelve co-operative games.

Part C: Working on the Same Topic but at Different Levels

  • Units of work integrating different curriculum areas that tap into student's basic factual knowledge to tasks provoking higher order thinking.
  • Basic skills checklist and how to create your own units of work for mixed ability classrooms.
  • How to implement units of work to cater for student differences.
  • Running independent learning contracts and fostering research skills.

Part D: Building School Support Teams

  • Ways to link up support people in the school and community to help students succeed at their own level through the setting up of a peer tutoring programme (cross-age and the same age), working parents, team teaching and creating a mentor programme.

Part E: Strategies for Helping Students Get on with Their Work

  • Enjoyable activities and visual memory joggers provide many ideas to encourage students to stay on task.
  • A comprehensive list of references are provided for further reading.