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How can you effectively manage different levels of students in one group?

Training from Back of Room

In one of our in-person classes, we observed a table group with two students facing collaboration challenges: one was highly analytical and eager for quick answers, while the other preferred a slower, more explorative approach. They struggled to work together effectively during puzzles and quizzes.

Recognizing this, we applied a technique from Sharon Bowman Training from the BACK of the Room book and switched participants into different table groups after a break. This seamless change helped them feel more comfortable with new partners and ensured a safer, more inclusive environment.

As trainers, we interact with a diverse array of learners, both Neurotypical and Neurodiverse. Ensuring psychological safety in both the Learning Environment and Social Collaboration is paramount.

When you have neurodiverse learners, they might experience additional challenges:
— Sensory Overload: Heightened sensitivity to sensory inputs.
— Communication Barriers: Struggles with both verbal and non-verbal communication.
— Social Interaction Difficulties: Challenges in forming and maintaining relationships, interpreting social cues, and engaging in typical behaviors.
— Executive Functioning Issues: Difficulty with organization, time management, and prioritization.
— Variable Academic Performance: Uneven skill sets, affecting overall progress and self-esteem.

To ensure psychological safety as a Trainer we apply several strategies:

💡 Awareness: Being aware and sensing is a sign of a good trainer

💡Minimize Sensory Overload: Create a classroom environment with reduced sensory stimuli by using soft lighting and providing sensory tools like fidget toys

💡Enhance Communication: Use clear, concise language and visual aids to support understanding. Incorporate alternative communication methods like communication boards, or technology-based tools

💡Foster Social Interaction: Encourage structured social interactions through group activities, buddy systems, and social skills training.

💡Support Executive Functioning: Implement organizational aids such as visual schedules, checklists, and timers. Break tasks into smaller, manageable steps and provide regular reminders and prompts

💡Differentiate Instruction: Use a variety of instructional strategies, such as hands-on activities, multimedia resources, and individualized learning plans

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