Engaging Students in Online Productive Group Work

In our urgency to put content in front of our students, it’s easy to slip into assigning a lot of independent work, which can be a shock for students who are used to guided instruction and collaborative work.

Here are some scaffolding strategies for three different kinds of lessons to get students working in groups again, even in an online environment. As you’re watching, here are some considerations for further thinking:

  • Where is ONE place you can replace independent work with productive group work?
  • If you feel like all you’re doing is “processing” students, what ONE thing would make you feel more like the teacher you know you are?
  • Which of the three scaffold methods would work for you? Who is the person you’d like to reach out to and toss ideas around with?

Enjoy!

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