Observation of group work
The log below provides a summary of my observations of group work implemented by my two mentors. When my mentors implemented group work, the result was an increase in off-task behaviour and disengagement by students. Cooperative learning is harked as a practice that increases on-task behaviour, teaches skills and attitudes necessary to work effectively with others and fosters positive, supportive relationships (Ministry of Education, n.d.).
However it became clear that there were a number of issues hindering effective group work. Neither of my teachers spent a large amount of time scaffolding group work, often simply telling students to get into groups with their friends. Once in groups, students weren't given clear roles and many became 'passengers' to the task they were working in. The structure of the room and use of ICT was another potential barrier to effective group. These questions formed the basis of my inquiry cycle.