July 11, 2012 by Kara
Megan’s post inspired me to take a stroll through my local dollar store yesterday. Or maybe I was avoiding my homework… Anyways I have been learning a lot about collaborate groups in my ESL methods class. During my observations, I noticed that the students were very segregated by language. This also lowered the amount of English that they were using. So I got an idea on how to trick them a little. Bwa, ha, ha!
I bought a bunch of Mardi Gras beads in 5 different colors. After they showed me a completed Scavenger Hunt (search for Megan’s earlier post), I gave them a necklace. Then I threw the twist. I asked them to group up based on the color of the necklace and NO trading allowed. There was some groaning, but finally the class was mixed up and speaking more English. I had 5 stations set up based on the 5 colors of the beads. If you need more groups, just buy more colors. I was surprised that 1/4 of the class wrote that “being in groups” was their favorite part of the class today. I thought they would have written my dancing. :/
One more thing, I gave one person in each group an extra gold necklace. I asked that person to be the “king/queen” of the group (read directions, collect work, keep everyone focused). I doubt that I will be able to surprise them again with this necklace trick, so I’ll have to think of something beyond the colors. Maybe shapes? Words? Lengths? The groups have to have one of each color (rainbow) in a group? I did see some awesome toy rings in different shapes and colors and I teach all girls… Hmm…
How do you group students?