Why use group work in class?
o Social and collaborative skills
o Staff-student interactions
Before starting any group work
o Make the reasons for group work explicit
o Are your students ready for working effectively in groups?
Decision making within the group
o Group size and membership
Size/layout of the room
Different possibilities of choosing group members
Get students in group before giving them the task
Explaining the task
Clearly: what, when, expectations
During group work
o Have high expectations
o Practice what you preach
After group work
o Plenary time
o Group reports
o Predict possible student responses and prepare responses
o Offer praise and recognition
When is group work not suitable
Will your activity be challenging enough to facilitate high levels of engagement among all group members? E.g. four people sitting at a computer could produce high levels of disengagement.