This free ebook from Alphabet Publishing is a guide to putting students in groups. The first part discusses considerations when creating groups for group projects, teams, or other interactive learning. The second part lists some easy and effective ways to put students in random groups.
Part one of this guide introduces a short and practical discussion of criteria to consider when forming groups. Some issues covered include:
* Should you put friends together in a group?
* Is it better to have diverse or homogenous groups?
* When is it best to pair a high-level student with a lower-level student?
* What kind of dynamic do you want in your groups?
* Are there any factors that tend to lead to better student success?
The second part consists of tried-and-true ways to put students in random groups. These are great techniques to use in class when you need students
to come together quickly for an activity, like discussing a question or helping each other comprehend a listening task.
The content of this ebook comes from books from our authors, Walton Burns and
Patrice Palmer. You’ll find links to their books at the end of this ebook.