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Getting practical

In this introductory article, author Jill Hadfield underlines the principles before addressing practical solutions to creating good group dynamics.
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Welcome to week 3 of the ‘Master the Art of Classroom Management’ module.

Good classroom management and teaching are much more effective when we have good group dynamics. But, as we saw in week two, good management techniques may be undermined if there are bad group dynamics. While not all groups can be transformed easily from ‘bad’ to ‘good’, there are ways in which we can encourage the positive characteristics of the latter group and discourage the negative characteristics of the first.

In the next two weeks in this series, we will look at some practical classroom activities which are designed to raised awareness of what it means to work in a group. This can help create a positive and harmonious group atmosphere.

This week you will learn practical classroom activities designed to raise awareness of what it means to work in a group. These activities are practical applications of the theory in last week’s ‘Getting Started with Group Dynamics’ and are all designed to raise awareness of what it means to work in a group. They help make aspects of group processes explicit to the students and encourage discussion of what makes a good group and how students can help each other.

Note: Some activities suggested are best done at the start of the course and some can be done at any time.

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