Classroom Groupwork

I’ve been working on how my students do their work in the classroom and being inspired by other teachers blogging about their experiences.

I took some photos today of 4 of my groups working. (I have 4 students who go to another (new) class from 9:30-12:30 due to size of our classes.) The 5th group was doing publishing.

This group is working on some independent non-fiction texts.

This group is brainstorming their group Autumn Acrostic outside on the deck. They then went back to their assigned computer and to this blog post and added their acrostic as a comment.

This group was doing handwriting. I like to liven it up and so they got to copy the first two stanzas of a funny poem. I’ll give them the second two next week.

I’m using my old iPod mini for the listening post – if I can get some cushions then I could let them go outside and listen there.

After the story finished the group had to go to the computer and answer the questions about the author and the story in a comment on this blog post.

When the kids arrive at school tomorrow they will find their classroom changed. I had 3 monitors on an expanda box and one separate older computer. They were all lined up along the wall. Now they are in the middle of the room with 4 groups radiating out from them. I still have to get another 2 computers for the 5th & 6th groups but this is a good place to start.

2 thoughts on “Classroom Groupwork

  • June 11, 2009 at 10:02 pm
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    I see U have the tote tray as well- they are a right pain. How do you manage an orderly getting out and putting away of gear that doesn’t take a lifetime or involve copies amounts of pushing and shoving??

  • June 11, 2009 at 10:25 pm
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    I have all the books they will need in group boxes on a bookshelf (so a box with h/w; one with reading/language; one with draft; one with maths

    I’m really strict about what is in the tote trays too – no extra stuff allowed

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