Mystix are the fairest and most efficient tools for sorting school classes into smaller groups.
Whether you work in a primary, secondary, language, or specialist school, you will be faced with grouping students at some point. In order to do so, you will need to move learners out of their comfort zones and sometimes away from the people they want to be with.
Sometimes we allocate groups based on different criteria, but learners aren’t oblivious to this. Of course they are going to notice if they are always put with a certain person/group, so don’t be surprised if they then come up with their own (right or wrong) assumptions for why.
Take your teacher hat off for a second and step into your learners’ shoes. How would that make you feel? Imagine if…
- How do you do this without question?
- Are you able to reassure learners that the decision was completely random?
- How do you encourage your learners to interact, demonstrate their abilities, and give them the opportunity to work with everybody?
From my own experiences using MYSTIX, I have witnessed:
- the most reticent of learners come out of their shells.
- learners who would never normally have the confidence to read first or play the biggest role do so, all because it was random, I didn’t single anybody out, and they knew that everybody was taking their turn.
- students who would normally not interact with each other due to background, ability, or other subconscious reasons, actively want to work together and learn about each other.
- Save valuable lesson time
- Settle disputes between children
- Avoid conscious and subconscious judgements
- Build confidence throughout the whole classroom
- Are completely fair and random
THEY CAN ALSO
- Be used multiple times without redistribution
- Create subgroups
- Order group members
- Allocate roles within groups
The teacher can choose to adapt MYSTIX to allow for differentiation. This will, however, remove the random guarantee if used in this way. (We are currently expanding the site, further instructions on how to do this will be included on our blog)