It would be great to hear from others who have been trying to incorporate small group work into their large classes. This is something I’ve been able to do successfully in the past with classes of no more than 30 or so, but trying it with a class of 70 this year was challenging. It’s not the actual working of the groups that declined– the level of participation there, with groups tasked specifically, has remained high. My concern is how to maintain the same level of involvement when we come back together to report on what the groups came up with. With at least 13 groups, that’s 13 Recorders/Reporters. So those 13 are involved, but keeping the rest in “active-involvement” mode is the challenge. And, if the culmination of the small group project doesn’t engage actively the other 50 in the class, I’m not going to be satisfied. Have any if you developed ways to solve this problem? If you have, could you please share them with us so we all can have a better handle on making large classes feel smaller?
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