Class Activity: Group Best Practices

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In-Class Group Best Practice


Goal: To encourage students to take concepts discussed about effective small groups and recognize how they can be used in everyday settings


Time: 30 minutes


1. Divide the class into four groups.


2. Explain to students that it is common to hear that in-class group activities are ineffective. With this in mind, ask students to brainstorm and create a list of common characteristics of a small group that could make it ineffective. Have students think specifically about groups assigned in a classroom setting, such as a team for a project or lab activity.


3. Have each group use its list to develop a set of “Best Practices” for group assignments.


4. Give students an opportunity to present their best practices to the larger class. 5. Using the individual group lists, next have the class agree on one master list of best practices for effective group assignments in a college setting. Post the list in the classroom or on your Web site and agree to adhere to it for the remainder of the class session.


Source: Steven McCornack, Instructor's Resource Manual for Choices and Connections, Second Edition, Chapter 7. For more, go to