Successful Group Work: 13 Activities to Teach Teamwork Skills
Because Successful Group Work Doesn’t Just Happen!
When you tell your students to work in groups, what happens?
One or two students takes over all the work? One or two students coast, doing the bare minimum? They divide the work into equal parts and do it all individually, defeating the whole point of a group task?
This book is a complete course of 13 lessons that you can do with students before you start group work. Or choose the activities that reflect the areas your students need the most work in. Many of the activities are 20-30 minutes long, so you can easily fit them into your class schedule. And most are no-prep or low prep.
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* trench (n): the place where all the work or action happens