Essentials for Teaching – Best Practices in Small Group Instruction


Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
Core Area: Planning 1.1, Planning 1.2, Planning 1.3, Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Instruction 2.2, Instruction 2.3, Instruction 2.4, Instruction 2.5, Learning Environment 3.1, 
Learning Environment 3.2, Learning Environment 3.3
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 0.25

When small groups are run effectively, your students will thrive and learn collaboration skills — however, when they are thrown together without thought, they can become a huge headache. Thankfully, with just a few changes and some intentionality, you can become a grouping guru in no time. In this course from Lisa Van Gemert, educators will learn tips and tricks that can increase the effectiveness of your small groups. 

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Group activities are an important way for students to learn problem-solving skills, collaboration, and creativity. When they are run effectively, students thrive, but when they are thrown together with little thought, they can become a huge headache. Most educators are never taught how to run small groups, but they are a big part of teaching. 
Thankfully, you can learn how to run better small groups with just a little intentionality and preparation. In this course, educator Lisa Van Gemert will share her tips for increasing the effectiveness of your grouping practices. Ms. Van Gemert offers educators examples from her own classroom that will help you become a grouping guru in no time.

In this course, you’ll learn about:

  • Grading fairly
  • Odd numbered groups
  • How to divide groups
  • Why grouping is important

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20 reviews for Essentials for Teaching – Best Practices in Small Group Instruction

  1. ivey – SPRING ISD (verified owner)


  2. Shannon – STERLING CITY ISD (verified owner)

    This course was informative and to the point. Helpful information was delivered in a pleasant, easy to listen to manner that was relative to an actual classroom.

  3. mia – SPRING ISD (verified owner)


  4. Paul – SPRING ISD (verified owner)


  5. Shawn – SPRING ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative

  6. Angela – SPRING ISD (verified owner)

    It was a refresher. Thanks!!!

  7. Juan – SPRING ISD (verified owner)

    Short, sweet, and to the point.

  8. Sharmaine – SPRING ISD (verified owner)

    This course was helpful.

  9. Cynthia – SPRING ISD (verified owner)

    Great quick tips on things to remember when setting up and working with small groups.

  10. Kathy – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Good thoughts on forming small groups. Found out some things I had been doing incorrectly and how to correct the issue.

  11. Imelda – PRESIDIO ISD (verified owner)


  12. Broze – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative.

  13. Carroll – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative in creating small groups that work well for the students and teacher

  14. Meghan – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    It was concise and clear.

  15. Scott – CLYDE-GREEN SPRINGS EXEMPTED VILLAGE (verified owner)

    Some useful advice in using groups in the classroom.

  16. Noemi – FT SAM HOUSTON ISD (verified owner)

    Short and to the point

  17. Lisa – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)

    Great information on Small Group Instruction!

  18. Jillian – VALLEY VIEW LOCAL (verified owner)

    This course would be useful if you have never run small groups before. If you run small groups frequently, it may not be very informative for you.

  19. Ashley – DENTON ISD (verified owner)

    The course offered good tips on grouping students. I felt the title was misleading as I was looking for small group instruction for guided activities.

  20. Daisy – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)


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