How many times have your seen snarls or looks of disappointment on your students' faces when you put them into groups for cooperative activities? It never fails, they want to be with their buddy. It's even worse when you have a King or Queen Bee. Does your class suffer from Queen/King Bee Syndrome? The Queen Bee or King Bee is the most popular student in the class. Everyone wants to be his or her buddy. While it is nice that this student is well-liked, it can cause trouble with the overall chemistry of your class when this happens. I found some things you should try the next time you put your students in group.
This is called the fruit machine. You can cut and paste your class list if you want to use this method.
Some of the teachers who follow my facebook fan page gave me more grouping tips that I thought I'd pass along.
Stacy Buckerfield Seyfang said that students won't argue with a computer about who is in their group when you use the Group Maker.
This app is called Stick Pick. It cost $2.99. Teresa Pritchard said that it sounds like the can is shaking when a student's name is chosen.
Loretta Phillips-Willman prefers to put her students' names on a keytag which is kept on a binder ring. She keeps it on her wrist so it is always handy.
How do you put your students into group?
I am linking up with Katie @ Queen of the First Grade Jungle. Hop over to her blog to find some great tech tips, lessons, and other great stuff that you can use to make your job a little easier.