Science Sampler: The eight-step method to great group workby: Sally Steward and Jill Swango

Journal Article

Many science teachers already understand the importance of cooperative learning in the classroom and during lab exercises. However, many teachers shy away from group work because of the challenges associated with getting adolescents into groups that actually “work” together rather than just “group” together. The following eight guidelines will alleviate the stress of grouping your students and open up endless learning opportunities in a cooperative setting.

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  • on Thu Sep 22, 2011 2:05 PM

This article outlines an excellent set of guidelines to follow for successful group work. The steps are practical and easy to follow. While this article was published in the Middle School journal, I think these guidelines are an excellent tool for teachers at any level.

Maureen Stover  (Seaside, CA)
Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA)

  • on Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:21 AM

This article provides eight steps to that will enhance cooperative learning. These steps include making sure everyone has a job in the group, limiting time for selecting members of the group, and six more. The explanation of each of the steps is useful. This would be a good article to present to new or preservice teachers who are trying to incorporate learning groups for the first time.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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