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Teacher-TalkInquiry is the email discussion list for Learning Science Through Inquiry. Participants in the workshops, content guides, and Channel staff will participate in this discussion list throughout the broadcast of the workshop series.

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From: Kimberly Minton (kmintyfresh@msn.com)
Date: Sat Nov 01 2003 - 20:59:46 EST

  • Next message: COLETTE DRYDEN: "Re: [Teacher-talkinquiry] Question on grouping for inquiry learning"

    Mary Beth,
    I have also found the same problem. The only solution I have come up with
    is a group experiment where each person has a job. One of the students job
    is to be "the teacher". Everyone rates their own participation on a scale
    of 1-5 and "the teacher" gives a the group a rating. I also round the room
    with my grade book in hand, doling out participation grades as well. I have
    found this an effective way to get some students motivated. With some
    classes, I have had to do group experiments and each individual is
    accountable for his or her own results and work. Hope this was helpful.
    Good luck!

    >From: "Mary Beth Clark" <mclark@prsd.org>
    >Reply-To: teacher-talkinquiry@learner.org
    >To: <teacher-talkinquiry@learner.org>
    >Subject: [Teacher-talkinquiry] Question on grouping for inquiry learning
    >Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2003 13:43:33 -0500
    >
    >I'm taking "Learning Science Through Inquiry" and would like some help with
    >this topic. Anyone taking the course, or anyone who has suggestions that
    >work well: I'd love to hear your suggestions!
    >
    >
    >I have sort of passively allowed students to choose groups in most quick
    >lab
    >activities I do, because assigning them groups for activities tends to
    >bring
    >about a rash of "She's not helping" or "He keeps fooling around:"
    >misbehavior or laziness, and then resultant tattling. I have yet to hear
    >anyone describe a perfect way of assigning groups so that the students
    >motivated to do well and get A's don't feel frustrated by those who are
    >less
    >motivated or simply not as good at producing the school-approved products.
    >
    >
    >
    >I would like help with this! I've tried suggestions offered in several
    >cooperative learning books (assigning jobs to each kid, etc.), but haven't
    >found them particularly successful at overcoming the social problems caused
    >when children have to work with others of differing abilities or
    >motivational levels. Speaking to parents, I often hear the same
    >frustration: that their child gets frustrated with group projects because
    >they aren't allowed to do anything, or they end up doing everything. Note
    >that I teach 8th grade, where social "cliques" are rampant, and also that I
    >teach in a grade-sensitive district where it's all about the A's!!
    >
    >Thanks!

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