Encouraging effective – and actual – group work

21 Aug

What if you require students to work in teams, but some prefer to work individually? Student resistance to working in teams may come from a previous bad experience with group work, personal learning-style preferences, or lack of teamwork skills. You can address these concerns by:

  • telling students why you think it is important for them to work in teams
  • encouraging them to spend time finding strategies for all to feel comfortable working on their team
  • providing tips for effective teamwork skills

For tips on helping students work in teams, see the following resource from the University of Waterloo:  http://cte.uwaterloo.ca/teaching_resources/tips/teamwork_skills.html.

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