SCS Digital Dispatch
News You Can Use, March 7, 2019
Can Students "Hide" in Your Classroom?
So let's think through why that may be happening. If the activity is not carefully structured by the teacher, that scenario will most definitely happen. So the question becomes, "What can I do, as the designer of the activity, to make sure all students are engaged and accountable during the activity?".
There are four basic principles when it comes to effective cooperative learning (PIES):
- P - Positive Interdependence. Does one doing well help others? Does task completion depend on everyone doing their part?
- I - Individual Accountability. Must everyone perform in front of someone?
- E - Equal Participation. Is participation approximately equal in time and/or turns?
- S - Simultaneous Interaction. "What percent are performing at any one moment?
If you have become frustrated with group work, please reach out to me. I would love to model some cooperative learning structures or give you some "critical friend" feedback on ones you currently use. Group work without STRUCTURE can do more harm than good.
Always ask this question when your students are in groups...Can a student hide while in this group? If the answer is yes, then add more structure so they cannot.