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Promoting Effective Group Work in the Primary Classroom: A Handbook for Teachers and Practitioners (Improving Practice (TLRP)) [Kindle Edition]

Ed Baines , Peter Blatchford , Peter Kutnick , with Anne Chowne , Cathy Ota , Lucia Berdondini
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Packed with valuable strategies for teachers and fun activities for children, this book is a must for any school wishing to make group work a more effective and successful way of learning. Teachers who have become more confident with the approaches developed for this book find that their classes are better behaved, children spend more time on task and they become less dependent on the teacher.

The book shows teachers how to create an inclusive and supportive classroom by developing the social, communicative and group working skills of all pupils. Tried-and-tested, step-by-step approaches encourage both children and their teachers to develop supportive relationships that have been found to facilitate academic performance, positive social behaviour and motivation. Strategies for setting up and running effective group work are a key feature of the book.


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About the Author

Ed Baines is Lecturer in Psychology and Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK.

Peter Blatchford is Professor in Psychology and Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK.

Peter Kutnick is Professor in Psychology and Education at King’s College, London, UK.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 882 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0415416876
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge (3 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SMFRI0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #255,005 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By S Evans
Unlike so many other 'how to ...' guides this one is really full of many good suggestions on how you can get your class to get involved in more active and thoughtful collaborative group work. The main sections on setting up the classroom and groups, getting children to work well together, and thinking about creating your own group tasks provide lots of practical strategies for making group successful. I found the section on how I could work with groups particularly helpful and I plan to get the TA in my class to look at it too. It is often too easy to go and tell groups what to do, just to get the work done that we often forget that it is about them developing their ideas. The sample activities are great fun and really got my class interested and working together but the strategies for getting groups to work well together and the troubleshooting ideas are most valuable. There are lots of useful tips to get kids away from squabbling and onto taking responsibility for their own learning. I also liked the fact that the suggested practices are just that and there is no definitive way to do group work that you cannot depart from. The authors also are not trying to convert you into just using groupwork, but they recommend you use it in a way that complements your other teaching approaches.

The only downside I would say is that it is rather text heavy with few diagrams to break it up.
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