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Lauren Hobbs: My grouping strategy changes every single time I group.
Lauren Hobbs: Let’s hear from one of each kind of group, how about soccer ball group. What’s the easiest, most difficult part? DeJon [ph?].
DeJon: The easiest part was cutting out the shapes because that’s easy.
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Lauren Hobbs: I grouped them based on what their project was but in the past I’ve grouped them based on test scores. Or I’ve grouped them based on interests. It really changed every time. Sometimes the higher level kids are together but sometimes I’ll disperse them throughout the seven groups. For example, if I look at their test scores they might know going into a test that I’m going to group the gold, silver, bronze. And so they know that the four kids who got the highest test grade get to be in the gold group. And so there’s a little bit of a competition going into it.
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Student: I think they deserve a 20 for calculation. You’ve done more than 15 percent.
Lauren Hobbs: My first year teaching had more of a direct teaching method. I think I stood at the front a lot more. I would write on the board and have students copy work. It was a lot of worksheets.
Student: Was it four or three?
Student: It was three.
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Lauren Hobbs: My second year, I started to move a lot towards collaborative group work. They learn a lot more this way.
Student: Wait. Finish this or fix that.
Lauren Hobbs: They’re learning to reflect on their own learning. They’re learning to work well with other people. They’re learning how to really talk within a classroom setting using this framework. And I think it’s a really great experience for them.
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Student: You can make it so that this is going around in a circle.
Student: And the other one is going around in the circle.
Student: And then you can have the main one like the point to where you move it around, not the resizing and you can make it turnaround like that.
Student: Yeah. That seems like a good idea.
Student: Okay. I’ll think about that.