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Promoting Effective Group Work in the Primary Classroom

A handbook for teachers and practitioners, 2nd Edition

By Ed Baines, Peter Blatchford, Peter Kutnick

Routledge

166 pages

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Promoting Effective Group Work in the Primary Classroom, 2nd ed. is designed to enhance teachers’ and teaching assistants’ confidence in engaging their children in effective group work, allowing for more active participation, more on-task focus and higher levels of achievement.

This accessible second edition is packed full of valuable strategies for teachers and fun activities for children, offering guidance on how to create an inclusive and supportive classroom by developing the social, communicative and group working skills of all pupils. It has been thoroughly updated and includes new material on whole school approaches to group work, the risks and challenges involved, and how to involve Teaching Assistants and other support staff in undertaking inclusive and effective group work in classrooms. A tried-and-tested, step-by-step approach encourages both children and their teachers to develop supportive relationships that have been found to facilitate academic performance, positive social behaviour and motivation. Since the first edition the authors have found that this handbook can be used successfully in many different countries around the world.

With ideas to help resolve problems that might arise and suggested training activities to support pupils, this text is a one-stop resource to ensure effective group work in the classroom. It is an essential guide for both trainee and practising teachers, as well as TAs and support staff, and a valuable basis for school action.

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"With ideas to help resolve problems that might arise and suggested training activities to support pupils, this text is a one-stop resource to ensure effective group work in the classroom. The book shows the value of group work in helping children to develop skills for life, and also emphasises the importance of a whole-school approach. It is an essential guide for both trainee and practising teachers, as well as TAs and support staff, and a valuable basis for school action - a book to be read by leaders as well as classroom teachers." - Sarah Brew, Parents in Touch

Table of Contents

Series preface

Acknowledgements

Contributors

Chapter 1 Background to the handbook

Part I

Developing group work in your classroom

Chapter 2 Introduction: the case for group work

Chapter 3 How is your classroom organised?

Chapter 4 Preparing the classroom for successful group work

Chapter 5 Developing pupils’ group-work skills

Chapter 6 Creating effective group-work activities and tasks

Chapter 7 The role of the teacher and other adults in supporting

group work

Chapter 8 Evaluating group work

Chapter 9 Using group work in the curriculum

Chapter 10 Developing a whole-school approach to group work

Chapter 11 Troubleshooting

Part II

Group-work and training activities for your class

Introduction

Unit 1 Group work and group-work rules

Unit 2 Sensitivity and awareness

Unit 3 Developing trust

Unit 4 Sensitivity, respect and sharing views

Unit 5 Becoming a good listener

Unit 6 Listening, asking questions and giving instructions

Unit 7 Helping skills

Unit 8 Group discussion: giving reasons and weighing up ideas

Unit 9 Group discussion: making suggestions and speculating

Unit 10 Group decisions: reaching a consensus

Unit 11 More decision-making: consensus and compromise

Unit 12 Roles within group work

Unit 13 Planning group work

About the Authors

Ed Baines is Senior Lecturer in Psychology of Education at the UCL Institute of Education, UK.

Peter Blatchford is Professor of Psychology and Education at the UCL Institute of Education, UK.

Peter Kutnick is Emeritus Professor (Psychology of Education) in the Department of Education and Professional Studies at King’s College London, UK, as well as Honorary and Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong, and Visiting Fellow at Beijing Normal University, China.

About the Series

Improving Practice (TLRP)

Books in the Improving Practice series present tried-and-tested advice to encourage and support teachers in exploring new ways of enhancing learning experiences and improving educational outcomes of all sorts. Each book is eminently practical yet underpinned by research from the Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP), the UK’s largest ever coordinated education enquiry.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU010000
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDU029000
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
EDU044000
EDUCATION / Classroom Management