Providing a framework for understanding the individual needs of pupils, this book describes how you can tailor your teaching methods to maximise learning. You will learn how to take account of your pupils' knowledge, skills and attitudes when selecting and applying principles of instruction, in order to make learning in your classroom as successful as possible. Packed with informative case studies and classroom examples, this book explores how learning is conceptualised, direct instruction, interactive teaching, teaching as scaffolding, and how to overcome obstacles to learning. This is a must-read for all practitioners and students of primary education who wish to understand how to best apply theories of instruction, and provide effective, dynamic teaching.
Chapter 6: Group Work in the Primary Classroom
Group Work in the Primary Classroom
In terms of strict continuity, this discussion of grouping and group work should have followed immediately after Chapter 4, which dealt with teaching for understanding. The central theme of that chapter, the creation of a classroom which encourages thoughtful discourse, applies not only to whole-class discussions but also to the times when pupils are required to converse among themselves in small groups. However, there is also value in placing the chapter immediately after the one where the issues concerning metacognitive learning were explored. This is because group work, if it is to be effective, requires pupils to gain an understanding of what it is to become a group person in the same way that ...