Group Work

Student Needs

  • Balanced or equitable responsibilities within the group
  • A mechanism for dealing with a period of absence due to illness
  • Opportunity to avoid destructive group dynamics (e.g. bullying, or conflict that is beyond the group’s ability to resolve) without being shamed


  • Teach students how to setup and manage effective group processes (or introduce students to resources that teach these skills)
  • Establish a formal process for checking-in with group members as the process is unfolding.
  • Assess whether students are achieving the learning objectives of group work.
  • Provide a mechanism for a student to exit the group if the situation becomes untenable (i.e. option for alternate assignment).

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