1. Advantages 2. Composition 3. Role of students 4. Types of tasks 5. Starting
Working in groups has advantages. 1. They generate more ideas in a collaborative setting. 2. They promote communication in the classroom. 3. They allow for oral practice by all rather than few pupils 4. They place the responsibility for learning on the pupils. What are they?
The composition of groups 1. It should have mixed abilities. 2. It should have mixed personalities.
The role of students in group work 1. leadership 2. Helping to identify goals 3. Summarizing view points 4. Acting as willing followers 5. Helping to resolve the disputes
The key roles include 1. Coordinator : To keep on the task, ensure contributions from all, to guide the group 2. Data gatherer: To take notes, summarize ideas, identify ideas 3. Secretary: A Spokesperson when reporting to the class. 4. Evaluation: To keep notes on the group process
Starting the group work 1. Introduce small group work gradually starting with students working in pairs. 2. Initially, keep group task relatively short and straight forward. 3. Explain to the students exactly what is expected of them in group work
4. Make sure that the task is adequately resourced with notional time for each part. 5. Ensure that everyone has a job to do and involved actively in contributing the group task. 6. Tape-record group work to find out exactly what is going on in the group task. 7. Enlist other audiences for the outcomes of the group work.
Types of tasks for group work 1. In discussion : When the work needs share understanding. 2. In problem solving : When there is a discussion of alternatives. 3. In production tasks : When there is a concrete outcome.