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10 great ideas for group work

1   Optimize the physical space.

2   Set rules for how students should treat each other.

3   Frequently vary groups to create fresh dynamics.

4   Assign roles and responsibilities: leader, timekeeper, record keeper etc.

5   Make it challenging – group work isn’t an excuse for easy work.

6   Try team-bonding exercises to break the ice.

7   Have other such ‘lightning’ exercises to hand in case energy starts to flag.

8   Give written instructions, and outline what the outcome should look like.

9   Recognize and reward students for working as a group, as much for reaching the ‘right answer’.

10 Evaluate your own performance. Were instructions clear? Did you give enough time? Did you resolve conflicts? Anything you’d improve on next time?

1   Optimize the physical space.

2   Set rules for how students should treat each other.

3   Frequently vary groups to create fresh dynamics.

4   Assign roles and responsibilities: leader, timekeeper, record keeper etc.

5   Make it challenging – group work isn’t an excuse for easy work.

6   Try team-bonding exercises to break the ice.

7   Have other such ‘lightning’ exercises to hand in case energy starts to flag.

8   Give written instructions, and outline what the outcome should look like.

9   Recognize and reward students for working as a group, as much for reaching the ‘right answer’.

10 Evaluate your own performance. Were instructions clear? Did you give enough time? Did you resolve conflicts? Anything you’d improve on next time?

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