In the first blog in this category I wrote a simplified overview of the changing landcape of schools over the past 30 years.
In a modern school there is great use of working in groups so that:
One way of including a range of different students is to work with groups.
Groups function like small classes within the classroom.
The groups can be homogeneous, or diverse.
Four Corners Activities
An effective way to get started working with groups is to use a Four Corners activity with the teacher as controller or director. In these activities, the students are encouraged to stand in one of four corners in the room depending on which response or answer they wish to give to the teachers prompt or question.
It should be noted that a Four Corners activity should include a mix of questions of a factual nature with prompts for opinions that are not provocative or controversial. Having said that, Four Corners is an excellent way of promoting deep conversations on controversial issues. That is not our purpose here.
Question “What is the capital of France?”
A) Paris B) Berlin C) London or D) give me a clue
Prompt “The school lunch yesterday was...)?”
A) delicious B) edible C) nutritious or D) palatable
Start small, and develop group activities gradually.
The first Four Corners group activity might be done at any time during the lesson - when the students need to move around for example - so the teacher and the students can begin to experiment with dividing up the class in different ways.
In the next blogs in this category I will write about
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