Grouping students

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Grouping students by Mind Map: Grouping students

1. Types of sitting

1.1. Whole- class teaching: it reforces a sense of belonging among the groups members.

1.2. seating whole group classes: ordely row seatings: the teacher has a clear view of alla the students and the students to share feelings and information.

1.2.1. Horseshoe or circle seating: the classroom is more intimate place and the potential for students to share feelings and information.

1.2.2. separate tables: a huge advantage is that groupwork is easy to arrange, is especially useful in mixed-ability classes.

1.3. The point of all these different sitting arrangements is that we should choose the best one for the students, varying the seating arrangements will make the lessons more dynamic and enjoyable.

1.3.1. Students on their own: promote skills of self-reliance and investigation over teacher-dependence.

1.3.2. Pairwork: "two heads are better than one"

1.3.3. Groupwork: small groups provoke greater involvement and participation than larger groups.

2. How to make groups: Deciding when to put students in groups or pairs will depend upon a number of factors:

2.1. Tasks:

2.1.1. practice an oral dialogue:

2.1.2. Oral interaction:

2.1.3. Write sentences:

2.2. Variety in a sequence:

2.2.1. If much of our recent teaching has involved whole-class grouping: need to work in pairs

2.2.2. if our recent work has been boisterous and active:

2.3. The mood: If students are becoming restless with a whole-class activity: work in groups.

2.3.1. if groups appear to be losing their way or not working constructively: whole-class back together.

3. Teacher behaviour:

3.1. Before:"engage-instruct-initiate

3.2. During: stand at the front of the class or monitoring.

3.3. After: Organise feedback

4. Troubleshooting:

4.1. Finishing first: We need to be ready for this "Ok, you can relax for a bit while the other finish"

4.1.1. Stop the activity:

4.2. Awkward groups: change the pairs or groups. we can stream groups or reorganise in other ways.