Team spirit

15th February 2008 at 00:00

Ages 11 to 16

Working in groups is important, but some pupils find it difficult to work in a group setting.

Science practical work, in particular, needs a bit of co-ordination of this kind, otherwise things can get rather messy.

Each table or bench is a group with one rotating "leader". The leader comments on the group's progress and behaviour in a group diary at the lesson's end.

The leader can nominate one or more pupils to ask and answer questions during the lesson.

The group comments on the leader in the diary, and the make-up of the group is changed occasionally.

The contents of diaries are fed back in class to initiate discussion about behaviour and attainment. This strategy encourages pupils to be aware of and take responsibility for learning.

Kevin Brookes is a retired teacher in Cleveland.

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