The Groups and Matrix report is designed to help teachers form the most effective small groups amongst his or her students. Whether you want to sort your students by same level or mixed level, Front Row will use student data to form perfectly matched groups.
Same Level Groups
Same level groups are formed based on the standard students are currently working on. For example, in the image shown below, a group of students are working on 2.NBT.2 and another group is working on 3.NBT.1. This means that the teacher can pull these small groups 3-4 students and work on developing the skills needed to master the standard. Other students can work independently on Front Row.
The Groups report dynamically groups students based on their performance in each domain. In order to switch the domain in which you want to group your students, simply select a different domain from the drop down menu. When teachers switch the domain, students are grouped differently.
Mixed Level Groups
Sometimes you may want to form heterogeneous groups inside your math classroom. Maybe you’re forming teams for a class competition, or having students group together to complete a project. The Groups report gives you the opportunity to create mixed level groups by switching the grouping mode. The mixed level groups are formed by assigning every student a number from 1 to 30 (or however many students are in the class) based on their progress through that domain. The program then creates mixed level groups of 4 students based on the domain selected. Below you see what a mixed level grouping in the NBT domain looks like:
The Matrix View
The Matrix view is located at the bottom of the Groups and Matrix tab. If you scroll below the graph showing accurate and estimated grade levels of students in your class, you will see a visual that looks like the image below.
The Matrix view shows you exactly where all students are working within a given domain. By lining the students up from lowest performer (or most behind) down to highest performer (or most ahead), you can see exactly where students are falling off. For example, the matrix above shows that 5 students are stuck on level 22. If I hover over number 22 on the matrix, I can see exactly what standard that level represents.
These students seem to be stuck on fluently adding and subtracting within 100. I might want to reconsider how I went about teaching that lesson, or maybe I’ll just pull a small group to work with.
Other tips regarding Matrix view:
- The different colored boxes at the end of a student’s row represent how close they are to mastering that standard
- Bright green means that the student has mastered that standard
- Light green means the student is close to mastering that standard
- Yellow means the student is approximately halfway to mastering the standard
- Orange means the student is not close to mastering that standard
- Red means the student has shown no sign that they understand the topic covered in the standard
- You can change the domain by selecting a different domain from the drop down menu at the top of the tab.