Ministry of Education, Guyana

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 09:39

How to Group Students in the Classroom

Educational research indicates that grouping in classrooms positively affects learning outcomes if cooperative learning strategies are appropriately applied. Students also can discover new talents and hidden skills when taking on unfamiliar roles while working in groups. Group learning also can free teachers to more adequately meet students’ academic needs. You can enhance learning in your classroom by grouping students to work collaboratively rather than individually, providing an engaging and dynamic learning environment.

Inattention in the classroom can have a profound effect on academic progress if it continues for a prolonged period. Several causes range from various disorders, stressors in the child's home or school environment, or not getting enough sleep at night. Of utmost importance is to avoid jumping to conclusions and to find the root of the problem for the child involved. From there, work on helping the student solve or improve his inattention in the classroom.

Keeping students focused can be a daunting task. Many things contribute to inattention, ranging from an inadequate breakfast to a restless night's sleep. Regardless of the cause, teachers can use strategies that engage their students' focus and help them remain on task. Effective strategies use techniques that encourage students to rev up, participate and stay attentive throughout the school day.

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