What data should I use when strategically grouping students for discussion/talk?

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It’s best to use multiple data points when creating your pairs or groups.  Some criteria to consider would be: oral language development data, social/behavioral considerations (introvert, extrovert, who they work well with, etc.), reading levels and writing skills. Formative data like writing samples, anecdotal notes from small and whole group lessons, or other student work can be very useful to examine.

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