Cooperative or collaborative learning, if planned effectively will result in a lesson where students learn from each other, develop empathy, value others’ ideas and opinions, and develop problem-solving skills.
Yet when executing group work in a classroom may cause some problems for the teacher, especially when students refuse to collaborate with each other or if the individuals in the group go off-task.
This short guide gives the teacher some assistance to think about planning group work.
**Snowballing—is a good strategy to use if you have a challenging class so group work is introduced gradually. This strategy need to be managed professionally, and it will help you if you plan in advance so you control the students who make up the fours or eights (if you choose to go up to groups of eights)
**Template for deciding on Ground Rules for Group Work
**Language to use when working in groups
**A suggestion for introducing group work
**Suggestions for selecting groups
**Suggestion for keeping the momentum of group work going