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During the first lesson I observed, the teacher gave a group task to the students. She started by first assigning the group members. She did this in a random manner by picking names from the attendance sheet. Then after the teams were picked she had the groups choose a leader. I think that this is better than choosing a group leader herself. The students were having small discussions between them to see who would be the leader. Some were also voting as to who would be chosen to lead their group. This process got executed in a good way and the leaders were chosen quickly. After the group leader was chosen the teacher gave out five different titles to the five groups in way which was fair to everybody. A group was chosen randomly with a small game then afterwards that group would pick a number from one to five and that would be their project title. Finally the teacher gave the students some hints or tips regarding what they can do during in their project. They were given about two and a half lessons to complete the project which should be enough time to complete it.
The only thing that teacher wanted from the students during this time was silence. She would tell them to stay quiet and two to three minutes later they were talking again. The students were quite young so talking between themselves would be something that they do frequently. After the groups were chosen and the titles were given out, it was then that the students were allowed to communicate between themselves. The teacher asked them to keep quiet in their discussions so that the other groups would not overhear their ideas on what they were about to do. It is my opinion that this group work is a good idea as the students will have to work with some classmates that they do not usually communicate with. Also they will all help each other with this project so if they do not do their work properly then it is not only his assessment mark that will not be good but the mark of the whole group, although these students are probably too young to realize that.
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