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Help! I teach in an urban setting. How do I teach in small groups while enforcing discipline with the rest of the students?

Aug 12, 2017 4:01pm

I teach fourth grade math in a charter school.

  • Math
  • 4
  • Behavior


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    • Aug 13, 2017 8:35am

      Do you have any parent helpers in the classroom? My daughter's class has stations set up and the students rotate every 15-20 minutes. If possible, a parent volunteer can man one of the stations, the teacher another, and the others are "independent" work - either at their desk or at computers if you have them. You can offer incentives for staying on task when they do their independent work which could result in a class party or small prizes. Hope that helps!

      • Aug 16, 2017 7:49am

        It is all in the planning. Each group member must have a role they will be accountable for and can't pass it on to someone else. You have to train them in working in groups and transitioning. Start with a practice activity or team building activity like marshmallow tower and have each group report out. That will hook them into working in groups and will help in behavior management.