By Dr. Fred Mayo, CHE, CHT
Less easy than it might seem, there’s a strategy to forming small groups that makes group activities in class more effective and enhances student learning.
Last month, we discussed ways of expanding the range of activities in a classroom by using pairs. This month, we discuss small groups and small-group work. Most of us have developed a series of individual, small-group and large-group activities that work for the courses we teach, and we are always looking for more ideas. This Mayo’s Clinic may help you think of some new ideas.
To make small groups successful, we must consider how we create the small groups, what we ask them to do, and what resources they need.