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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 21, 2013 2:20pm

      Hi Katy,
      Great question - this can be a challenge! Having each student responsible for some part of the group work can be really helpful. If each student has a "job" then they will have something to stay focused on. For example, a recorder/note taker, a presenter, a fact checker/equation finder, a calculator, a sketch artist, etc., depending on how many students in each group and the type of work they are doing.

      Students could self select which job they want or they could be randomly assigned using labeled cards or some other method. Having them switch roles is a good idea too, so that each student can get practice with each skill.

      Hope this helps!

      • 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.