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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!!
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