Teachers often assign students to work in groups. Careful structuring of the lesson includes intentionality so that group work ensures rigorous and accessible learning. Group work can be energizing to all or dominated by a few. It can involve deeper thought with logical connections and reasonable conclusions or surface discussions. Successful group work involves building an environment where students are accountable to the learning community, standards of reason, and knowledge. It requires pre-planning as well as skilled interactions between students and teacher. This course will give teachers the skills to ensure group work is meaningful.
Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours
Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for K-12 classroom teachers who want to deepen their knowledge and understanding of how group work can provide meaningful learning. Both new and experienced teachers wanting to improve their craft will benefit from this course.
Course Materials: Text, Designing Groupwork: Strategies for the Heterogeneous Classroom, by Elizabeth Cohen and Rachel Lotan, available at Amazon.com or your local bookstore.
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