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Increasing Grit During Groupwork

Solving Common Groupwork Problems If you have experienced common groupwork issues like one person completing all the work, these high impact strategies can be implemented tomorrow for use with just about any lesson plan you have in mind in order to increase participation, grit and perseverance.  If you weren’t planning on groupwork, most lessons can be transformed rather easily. This …

Individual Learning Versus Personal Learning

What is the connection between personal learning and transferable skills like collaboration and groupwork? Since I just taught a class on groupwork and Vermont is working towards more personal learning, I have been getting this question from many educators.  There seems to be a misconception that personal learning is somehow individual learning.  There are many images of “personalized” learning where …

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Pitfalls of Running Groups

Pitfalls of running groups Teachers and students alike have experienced unproductive groups and so they are reluctant to run groups.  The reality is that groups are likely to fail unless they are structured to be productive.  Below are some common pitfalls of running groups and solutions to those problems. 1. No positive interdependence structured There must be a common group …

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Sample Lesson Plan for Cooperative Groups Part 2

Sample Lesson Plan In this sample lesson plan, a general activity is used to show how cooperative learning elements can be embedded to structure the lesson for improved productivity.  Use any worksheet that requires answering questions or solving math problems.  For the purposes of providing a specific example, imagine students have engaged in a mini lesson on graphing lines and …