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    Statistics - ask me
    Math - ask Orinoco or rserven or jimdotz
    History - ask Moonbat
    Anthro - Blue Jersey Mom
    Computer sci - rserven
    Psych - elropsych

    off the top of my head.

    •  Group activity. Dynamics ... (2+ / 0-)
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      I meant in general.......Does one assign group members to make a nice mix, to get shy people to speak?.....Is it good to give them a question, an issue to grapple with, and then how much time for them to work together? Each group to assign a spokesperson to report back to whole class, or what?

      Is it good or bad idea to ask them a thorny question in the middle of presenting them with a case study. For example, X faced the following problem. What might X have done to solve it?

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      by LNK on Sat Jul 04, 2009 at 11:03:42 AM PDT

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        I would say good idea to this one.

        Is it good or bad idea to ask them a thorny question in the middle of presenting them with a case study. For example, X faced the following problem. What might X have done to solve it?

        Does one assign group members to make a nice mix, to get shy people to speak?.....Is it good to give them a question, an issue to grapple with, and then how much time for them to work together? Each group to assign a spokesperson to report back to whole class, or what?

        How well do you know the students?  Will this all take place on one day or do they have to find each other during the week?

        Daughter reported trouble ever being able to get people together after class (and she was gorgeous...just saying she shouldn't have had trouble, but varying schedules, etc.).

        I would say try various things and see how you like it.  I have been in groups where the person with a birthday closest to March 15 (or any date) had to be spokesman...it saved on arguing.  One in the group had to write down things, too.  That helps the one who has to report, and one had to keep the group on target.

        I am not sure about the shy person thing.  I taught night school and it took weeks before some people stopped being shy.  You might want to just let the bold go ahead and carry the load for a while.  I had one student who had never bothered to speak up, but when paired with an older man, he participated.

        The older guy didn't much like having to share, but I praised him for helping the other one that night.  Sometimes, it is just guessing how things will work and observing and trying out things.

        I think most students today are used to doing things this way and that should make it work.

        I remember one student who was lazy, but he was excellent in a group and when my boss wanted to talk with him, he said, "just a minute," and finished helping his group before he got up and left.  I was amazed.

        Best wishes.

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        by cfk on Sat Jul 04, 2009 at 01:17:10 PM PDT

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