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Should students be allowed to pick their own groups?

Jan 31, 2018 10:34am

As a first-year teacher, I've always been taught that picking groups for students is the best method, but the kids outright rebel at the idea. Are there any research articles or sources that let me know which method is best?

  • English Language Arts
  • 10 / 12
  • New Teachers
  • Student Collaboration


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    • Feb 4, 2018 5:54am

      You know your students. For certain assignments, I let them choose, and for some I do.

      • 7:02am

        You should give them the liberty to choose who they have a group project with; if they prove to you that they aren't adequate enough to work with one another without being constructive, then I would suggest assigned grouping, or individual assignments. Although; your students should be well known around this point in the school year. Your decision would be weary to what your students will be influenced on.