The following pages will help you as you prepare your students to undertake a group project, activity or task:
- Make your Expectations Clear
Provide context, sell students on the advantages of group work, provide clear instructions and clear connections to learning outcomes and assessment criteria, collaboration vs. cooperation.
- Setting Up Groups
Students' prior experience in groups, optimal group size, forming groups.
- When Groups First Meet
Clarifying group purpose, ground rules, responsibilities, meeting guidelines, agendas, challenges.
- Building Group Dynamics
Ice breakers, what makes a good group.
- Dealing with Uncertainty and Challenge
Preparing groups for uncertainty, coping with challenges and conflict.