October 26, 2007
Need to work in groups? To avoid the popularity game, randomly choose student names from a hat. Determine group roles such as notetaker, facilitator, researcher, editor, etc. based on the kind of project you are having the students complete. Each group determines their own roles based on their individual strengths at the first session. You, as the teacher, assign roles when conflicts occur, but usually the groups are able to perform this task easily. Having specific roles eliminates power struggles and leads to a cohesive project finished in a timely manner.