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Teacher-TalkInquiry is the email discussion list for Learning Science Through Inquiry. Participants in the workshops, content guides, and Channel staff will participate in this discussion list throughout the broadcast of the workshop series.

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From: Mary Beth Clark (mclark@prsd.org)
Date: Fri Oct 31 2003 - 13:43:33 EST

  • Next message: Kimberly Minton: "Re: [Teacher-talkinquiry] Question on grouping for inquiry learning"

    I'm taking "Learning Science Through Inquiry" and would like some help with
    this topic. Anyone taking the course, or anyone who has suggestions that
    work well: I'd love to hear your suggestions!

    I have sort of passively allowed students to choose groups in most quick lab
    activities I do, because assigning them groups for activities tends to bring
    about a rash of "She's not helping" or "He keeps fooling around:"
    misbehavior or laziness, and then resultant tattling. I have yet to hear
    anyone describe a perfect way of assigning groups so that the students
    motivated to do well and get A's don't feel frustrated by those who are less
    motivated or simply not as good at producing the school-approved products.

    I would like help with this! I've tried suggestions offered in several
    cooperative learning books (assigning jobs to each kid, etc.), but haven't
    found them particularly successful at overcoming the social problems caused
    when children have to work with others of differing abilities or
    motivational levels. Speaking to parents, I often hear the same
    frustration: that their child gets frustrated with group projects because
    they aren't allowed to do anything, or they end up doing everything. Note
    that I teach 8th grade, where social "cliques" are rampant, and also that I
    teach in a grade-sensitive district where it's all about the A's!!

    Thanks!

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