Teaching, Learning and Assessment at Heathfield
Expect Excellence: Collaboration and Sharing of resources and ideas
Sometimes groups work brilliantly – sometimes they don’t. Studies suggest that when groups are given a question to try to answer, they can become unfocused and waffly as they spend too much time worrying about what they’re supposed to say, or if they’re getting it ‘right’ rather than actually tackling the issue in hand. A suggestion to transform this and encourage really effective group work is to give each group a statement to prove – this gives them a clear line of enquiry and allows them to hone their skills in finding, evaluating and presenting evidence to support an argument. It also enables lively debate and discussion at a whole class level when they have to justify their position.
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