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.