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How do you encourage teamwork among your students?
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Grading group for years work.
Inquiry based instruction.
Group work is something I am very fond of, one of the ways I like to do group work is by assigning roles to people within the group such as the writer, the speaker, etc. Each person in the group should contribute. For example we did a foreign policy group activity where students were assigned an imperialized country. After reviewing the background and jotting down notes they met with other members of their group from the other countries to share their responses, this allowed each member to contribute to the learning environment of the group while also keeping everyone involved. They then would give their responses as groups to the class to see if everyone had the same responses.
I encourage group work through group and self-assessments. Students will not only provide an overall rating for their group, but will also assess their own efforts.
I like to organize students into mixed groups in class (brain trusts, think tanks) and provide opportunities for them to work together on in class projects and presentations; more or less electing their own officers and allowing them to manage themselves as much as humanly possible.