A Fast and Easy Grouping Strategy
Teachers, try to count how many times you ask students to make a group of 6, to partner up, to make any other sort of group. Managing this seems like it takes too much time, too much direction, and too much stress. Not anymore with this EASY-to-implement Flexible Grouping and Partnering System!
Why should you care about setting up a flexible grouping and partnering system?
The answer: It makes it easy for your classroom to collaborate with each other. And, COLLABORATION IS KING.
Check out what I consider the God-Of-All-English-Language-Teachers has to say on the matter:
Even though it is tempting to focus on the more visible products of group work, we must keep in mind the power of the process. The learning that happens on the way to the final product is usually a rich array of exchanges that have cumulative impact on student language.
Along the way, we must help students build what I call academic collaboration skills. These skills include elaborating and probing meaning, reasoning together, and making decisions together. In a sense, students use talk to “think together” (Mercer 2000).”
…ultimately, students construct new knowledge and new academic skills.Building Academic Language: Essential Practices for Content Classrooms – Jeff Zwiers
BOOM!!! MIKE DROP!!!!!!
Doesn’t that just give you the chills?!!! How powerful is that?!!! COLLABORATION helps students THINK TOGETHER, construct new knowledge, AND new academic skills!
(I would also like to add, a pretty necessary LIFE and CAREER skill for EVERYONE).
With that said….
You have 2 ways to learn how to implement this flexible grouping and partnering system:
(Both are pretty good, but I suggest you keep these visuals handy if you choose to listen via Podcast.)
Watch via Youtubes
Listen via Podcast
Ready to make grouping and partnering EASIER in your classroom? Grab your copy HERE.
Let me know…..
Do you like this grouping and partnering system? Why or why not?
I can’t wait to read your thoughts in the comments!