I love using collaborative learning activities in my high school English classroom, but sometimes getting students into groups that work takes too much time, the lost instructional time and added teacher stress cancelling out its benefits. I tried different methods for getting students into groups, each with its own pros and cons. Having students count off is quick, but students often forget their number immediately, and sneaky students sometimes move to be with their friends. Pre-planning groups generally makes for groups that are balanced in terms of gender, ability and behavior, but doing so takes time and can become a huge puzzle. And sometimes the idea to group is spontaneous, making that careful planning impossible.
The Quick Groups system assigns students to multiple groups (groups of 5, 4, 3 and 2) with one easy to reference card. You decide what size groups you want, and students move to the appropriate group.
The download includes the Master List at-a-glance for the teacher and the Grouping Labels for the students in .docx format, allowing for easy addition of your students' names. Each file contains templates for 12, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 30 and 33 student classes. If you purchase the product, I will create a template for a different class size upon request.
UPDATE: I have revised this product. Now each class size is in its own file to make navigating easier. I have also tweaked the wording so that you can use the FIND and REPLACE function in word to quickly update the Class-at-a-Glance page with student names.
Quick Groups by Heather Adkins is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License