Something I wrote 5 years ago before this blog:
Issue: So you’ve got your class sitting in groups around tables, and you’ve said “talk to each other”? But they are still working solo. What to do next?
- Use butcher’s paper in the middle of a group of students – get students to present to other groups. That way they have to work together.
- Minimum number of worksheets – sharing a worksheet helps people talk to each other.
- Allocate groups to present – e.g. tell them that you’ll pick someone to contribute from their group, and you’re not going to tell them who. That means everyone needs to understand and help each other.
- Have a competition where they have one table against another. People will work together to make sure they get the right answer as a group.