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Group Work Tips

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by adam156, Nov 28, 2018.

  1. adam156

    adam156 New commenter

  2. meggyd

    meggyd Star commenter

    Do not let them pick their teams. Plan it in advance. Use forms/ houses whatever to make it seem arbitrary. When you explain assessment criteria put in a mark for co operation and participation. Stress that everyone must contribute and teams that don't do this will be marked down. You can set up a spread sheet and mark cooperation and participation over a series of lessons and/or break the task into smaller tasks to be marked separately and show them this at the beginning of each lesson to encourage good work.
    sabrinakat, bonxie and SundaeTrifle like this.
  3. bonxie

    bonxie Lead commenter

    If it suits the task, have some way of students showing who did which part of the task. Make it clear that everyone is responsible for their own effort and input to the group tasl. If you don't do this, the most hardworking student may find that the lazier members of their group expect that one hardworking student to do the whole task for them.
  4. aypi

    aypi Senior commenter

    Teams of two work, teams of three have a slacker, teams of 4 have three slackers.
    bonxie likes this.
  5. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    Nothing goes home for finishing off or prettying up, because when they come back to the task next week none of what they achieved will be brought back and it will either not be anybody's fault, or it will be the fault of the person who is absent. Or it will be your fault and you will be co-coerced into doubting your sanity.
  6. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    How old are these pupils?
    Year 1 is very different from year 11!
  7. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    In a group project it is good to assign roles eg. leader, accountant say (if a STEM project where materials are 'bought') etc etc.

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