Group Work

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Teaching Opinion What Teachers Can Learn From Students
Group work can help students make friends and provide a foundation for building future collaborations and relationships.
Larry Ferlazzo, March 5, 2024
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Students in Jacqueline Chaney's 2nd grade class work to come up with a list of synonyms during a group activity at New Town Elementary School in Owings Mills, Md., on Oct. 25, 2023.
Students in Jacqueline Chaney's 2nd grade class work to come up with a list of synonyms during a group activity at New Town Elementary School in Owings Mills, Md., on Oct. 25, 2023.
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Teaching Getting an Early Start on Group Work: Tips From Teachers
Group tasks are the way to teach young children to cooperate and collaborate, say advocates of the practice.
Elizabeth Heubeck, November 22, 2023
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Teaching Letter to the Editor When Can ‘Group Work’ Be Productive?
This letter to the editor offers insight on how to get real collaboration out of group work.
January 17, 2023
1 min read
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Teaching Opinion I'm a Student. Here's Why Group Work Feels So Unfair
I get a sinking feeling of dread from the fear of an uneven distribution of work. Here's what I wish teachers would do instead.
Yun F. Zheng, November 11, 2022
3 min read
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Teaching Opinion What Students Wish Teachers Understood About Group Projects
If you’re the person always stuck doing thankless tasks, you know this is an issue.
Linda Babcock, November 9, 2022
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Teaching Spotlight Spotlight on Project-Based Learning
This Spotlight will empower you with insights on how experiential projects can help students, real-world problem solving, and more.
November 1, 2022
Latasha Johnson teaches reading skills to a kindergarten classroom at Walnut Creek Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C. on May 25, 2022.
Latasha Johnson teaches kindergartners in a reading group at Walnut Creek Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C., earlier this year.
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Reading & Literacy Q&A How to Build Better Small-Group Reading Instruction
Reading expert Matthew Burns answers questions about how to rev up classroom reading groups.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 16, 2022
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Reading & Literacy Webinar Getting Reading Groups Right
What is the best approach to reading group design? Join us and gain critical insights into effective research-backed strategies to support student reading achievement.
September 15, 2022
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Teaching Opinion Q&A Collections: Cooperative & Collaborative Learning
Ten years of links containing advice from 50 teachers on how to incorporate cooperative and collaborative learning in the classroom.
Larry Ferlazzo, July 26, 2021
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Teaching Opinion How to Unleash the Power of Collaborative Learning
Three research-backed ways to facilitate interactive activities, both in and outside the classroom.
Sidney D'Mello, April 21, 2021
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Teacher Sherisa Nailor helps Parker Drawbaugh, left, and Jacob Knouse in their Small-Animal Science class at Big Spring High School in Newville, Pa.
Teacher Sherisa Nailor helps Parker Drawbaugh, left, and Jacob Knouse in their Small-Animal Science class at Big Spring High School in Newville, Pa.
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Classroom Technology Why 'Deep Learning' Is Hard to Do in Remote or Hybrid Schooling
Educators are helping students learn to dig deeper into topics in remote, hybrid, or socially distanced learning, but it isn’t easy.
Alyson Klein, November 4, 2020
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Educators say one-on-one and small group instruction are suffering in remote, hybrid, and socially distanced learning environments.
Educators say one-on-one and small group instruction are suffering in remote, hybrid, and socially distanced learning environments.
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Professional Development From Our Research Center Why Personalized Learning Is Struggling During COVID-19
Tailoring lessons to individual students’ academic needs and personal interests might be getting pushed to the backburner, out of necessity.
Alyson Klein, November 4, 2020
9 min read
Teaching Opinion Response: 'To Maximize Group Work, Make It Metacognitive'
A three-part series of supporting effective student group work is "wrapped-up" today with commentaries from Nancy Frey, Doug Fisher, Michael Fisher, Dr. Laura Greenstein, Debbie Zacarian, Michael Silverstone and Cindy Terebush.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 28, 2019
16 min read
Teaching Opinion Response: Effective Group Work Starts With Classroom Culture
Karen Goeller, Jill Kester, Rachael Williams, Kara Pranikoff and Cheryl Mizerny share their ideas for effective student group work.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 26, 2019
18 min read