Many teachers have incorporated GL activities into their classrooms, in the form of an open discussion, case studies, interdisciplinary projects and mini-research, interactive exhibitions and team projects.
What are some effective techniques and activities in team work?
Some teachers take into consideration the following steps when designing a task (Enerson et al, 1997):
♦ Start by analyzing what the students already know, what they can do and their needs.
♦ Keep the questions short and simple, unless you're asking them to break questions in parts. If you need to ask a long and complex question, break it into a series of steps.
♦ Before asking questions or formulating problems, read them aloud to make sure they're clear. Ask someone to read them and comment on them.
♦ Ask open questions or multiple answer questions. It's imperative that the questions are related to the GL activities.
The most common GL activities include the small formal groups created to solve problems, where the students work together to finish a long-term project. However, GL activities can also include groups of almost any size in one project or several individual projects. It can also be an informal study group who meets periodically, which lets the students study together and learn from each other. All of these activities imitate the types of professional collaboration the students will face in the real world.