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In this blog I write about the necessary instructions and roles that make groups work collaboratively
Once you have experimented with rapidly splitting the class into groups for short activities under your direct control, the next steps are to run parts of the lesson with slightly more structure and a higher level of independence from the teacher.
In a modern classroom, students need clear instructions about who is to do what, the timeframe, and the expected results.
Suppose you are going to teach a topic and want:
“What do you already know about (this topic)?”
Students who are new to working in groups will not know what to do. The requirements or “Rules of the Game” are different to that of sitting in the traditional classroom and being taught a lesson by a teacher at the front of the room.
Each student will need to know what their role is and what it includes.
Roles can be:
Anticipate struggles, resistance and failures. Use them as learning for life as an adult when you debrief the activity.
This is always a good idea whether they ‘failed’ or ‘succeeded’.
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