come together for storytime and other classroom group activities
The HUB: Creating Classroom Group Activities at Austin HS
Learning in groups takes place in many ways, from the simple shortin-class activity to the semester-long project. Instructors will wantto consider simple replacements for in-class group activities, such asposting examples to group discussion forums. For semester-longprojects, instructors may consider setting up or for each team.
In-class group activities; group project
In two upper-division courses (Physical Chemistry and senior-level Developmental Biology). Learning Assistants have been used to facilitate in-class group activities. Facilitation is similar to the out-of-class co-seminars (above) except that (a) all students are present because the activity happens in class, and (b) the activity comprises just part of a 50- or 75-minute lecture period. Thus, the activity should be well-integrated with the lecture material for that day.
7 The setting is a university established as a land grant research institution located in a rural area of the northwesternUnited States with an enrollment of 11,000. Each semester the classmet in 50-minute sessions on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Thesame text () was used each term. Tests, which were based on material covered in class, were similarin content and difficulty and scored using a key that predeterminedthe basis for the awarding of full and partial credit. The course requirements included two papers, two exams, and a comprehensive final exam. Weekly quizzes counted as part of thegrade in the traditional semester and group activities counted aspart of the grade in the cooperative learning semesters. Studentscooperated on in-class group activities and on homework, but wereindividually responsible for the two papers, exams, and final.The value of doing group activities during class is common sense. For example, to learn to play the piano, it is not sufficient to watch a good pianist; one must practice as well. Similarly, to become good at sports, it is not sufficient just to watch good athletes; one must get out onto the field and play. It works the same in the classroom: watching the professor solve physics problems on the blackboard does not make students good at solving problems. The in-class group activities provide the student with coached problem-solving, where they can raise their hand and get immediate help if they fail to work out the solution on their own. Many students were very positive about this in the survey.