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Offline meryl

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"Hiring" Students for Group Jobs
« on: October 08, 2009, 10:08:51 AM »
On the midterm evaluation for my academic reading and writing  many of my students complained that during group work, it felt as though one student had to "pull" answers out of the others.  But how to motivate the others to participate?

Speaking with my component leader, LuAnn, she lent me laminated cards to pass out to the groups that contained the following group roles with an explanation of the duties that go along with them:

Leader
Notetaker
Checker
Language Monitor
Presenter

My class came alive once everyone had been assigned a role- the quit ones spoke up, the fiesty ones calmed down, and the groups were much more productive!  I think it really helped to have names for each duty and thereby validate each person's participation.

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Re: "Hiring" Students for Group Jobs
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2009, 10:03:37 AM »
I've been having the same problems!  This'll be a great help! :)
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Re: "Hiring" Students for Group Jobs
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2009, 12:32:43 PM »
 ::yeah!

Another one I've used is "time keeper."  That person keeps an eye on the clock, making sure that each person participates during the given time.
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Re: "Hiring" Students for Group Jobs
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2009, 07:16:18 AM »
I'm lucky this semester to have a class that, once in groups, participates [seemingly] actively.  But I've also been in classes where the feisty are the only talkers in or out of groups.  I think this is a great way to foster participation and relieves pressure!

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Re: "Hiring" Students for Group Jobs
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2009, 10:48:35 AM »
I like this idea ;)

Students in my ESL class tend to be shy during group activities. Some would complain that they find group activities inefficient. Hiring them for group jobs would give them a clear focus on what they should do and help them develop autonomoy!

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Re: "Hiring" Students for Group Jobs
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2009, 01:00:31 PM »
I also really like the idea of "hiring" students for different roles.  Although I have never used little cards that explain each role in my classes, I have occasionally assigned roles to students in my past classes because it does help to keep them all involved.  Group work can be tricky!  I have witnessed some groups totally flop on trying to get a group activity done before.  I guess it all depends on the students and on who is in the group! 

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Re: "Hiring" Students for Group Jobs
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2009, 09:09:38 AM »
I have groups that vary in their chattiness - some are more talkative than others.  Giving out these roles seems to reinforce the talkative students as the spokespeople of the group.  Perhaps it is too late in my course to introduce these roles if students are sort of assigning them on their own...
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Re: "Hiring" Students for Group Jobs
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2009, 09:24:21 AM »
It is a great idea =)
I think I can use it for group project tomorrow.
I have a question though.
Is this method suggested for whole group discussion or small group discussion?
Or is it applicable for all cases?
Just wondering..

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Re: "Hiring" Students for Group Jobs
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2009, 10:21:42 AM »
I would think it's most effective in smaller groups so that most people can participate, but i can't see why it cannot work in whole group discussion. I guess when you're using it in whole group, the teacher can try to get the quiet shy students to volunteer...
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