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Active Learning to Involve All Learners

Feb 21, 2013 6:26am

What are some effective strategies to ensure that every student is actively engaged in learning--especially when the class breaks into small groups and the teacher needs to provide individual instruction to one or more students?

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    • Feb 24, 2013 8:17am

      In addition to assigning roles when students are working in small groups, I have found a group reflection sheet at the end of the assignment (what did the group do well, what can the group improve for next time, did all members contribute) helps keep group members focused and engaged in the work. Counting the reflection as part of the final grade is also effective beginning in upper elementary.

      • Feb 21, 2013 6:50pm

        Just to change it up, my seniors read A Raisin in the Sun in small groups, each member reading a role, all responsible for tracking thematic strands and annotating the play. It re-energized them, especially students who had been disengaged during whole class or homework readings.

        • Jul 23, 2013 12:50pm

          Hi Katy,

          Having a "job" for each student is a great idea. I have seen teachers make hats for each job that students wear during the small group, so when the teacher looks across the room she/he quickly knows the job the student is responsible for.