Small Group Learning

Facilitating learning in small groups will always be a primary pedagogical form of instruction in my classroom.  It is an equitable learning method that addresses status issues directly, making all tasks accessible, while enabling students to benefit from the multiple abilities they bring into the classroom.

While I experienced some of the benefits of group work in my high school days, even in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, it looked little like the group-worthy tasks, championed by my teacher ed program, that serve heterogeneous classrooms so effectively.  If there is ever a need for a “poster child” for the archetypal convert to group-worthy instruction, I am it.  From my first exposure during orientation week, to my first attempt with my classmate in her Math Analysis placement, my respect for group work has grown immensely, and continues to grow nearly exponentially.

There is not a class, school, district, state, or nation that would do worse implementing group-worthy instruction.  I am sold and will forevermore make sure all of my students benefit from experiencing the power of this pedagogical approach.

About Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher

Independent consultant and junior college adjunct instructor. Former secondary math teacher who taught math intervention, algebra 1, geometry, accelerated algebra 2, precalculus, honors precalculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Statistics. Prior to teaching, I spent 25 years in high tech in engineering, marketing, sales and business development roles in the satellite communications, GPS, semiconductor, and wireless industries. I am awed by the potential in our nation's youth and I hope to instill in them the passion to improve our world at local, state, national, and global levels.
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1 Response to Small Group Learning

  1. Adriana says:

    Wow! Cool to hear that. Were there specific moments in your classroom that convinced you to do more group work? Would be interested to hear them.


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