Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Imagine this vibrant learning scene: groups of students, working busily to accomplish tasks within their groups, all listening and engaging together. That is the utopia of small group learning. However, it takes more than arranging a few desks and handing out instructions for this ideal learning situation to occur. Planning and strategy are necessary. In this course, you will learn how to set up groups for success and how to assess their effectiveness.

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To group or not to group? That is a question faced each day by educators as administrators continue to encourage small group learning in the classroom. Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., discusses whether small groups are always necessary and, when they are used, how to effectively group students and how to support the group process. 

In this 1-hour course, you will learn:
  • The different types of grouping
  • How to determine if groups are appropriate for a specific lesson
  • The skills students need to operate effectively in groups
  • Roles and resources for group work
  • How to encourage team identity
  • Assessment tools for group learning

Presenter Bio

Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in education with audiences around the world using a combination of neuropsychology, pedagogy, experience, humor, technology and sheer fun. She is an expert consult to television shows including Lifetime’s “Child Genius,” and a writer of award-winning lesson plans, as well as numerous published articles on social psychology and pedagogy and the book, Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing Never Good Enough. A former teacher, school administrator, and Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa, she shares resources for educators and parents on her website giftedguru.com and is co-founder with Ian Byrd of the Gifted Guild, a professional community for educators of the gifted. Lisa and her husband Steve are the parents of three sons and live in Arlington, Texas. 

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356 reviews for Grouping Without Fear: Small Group Instruction in the Classroom

  1. Crystal – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Some really great ideas! Really liked the idea of teaching students how to work in groups.

  2. Pam – MIDWAY ISD – WOODWAY (verified owner)

    Good new ideas.

  3. Tamara – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    This instructor was very well organized, gave excellent instruction for grouping!

  4. Tessa – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    great course

  5. Sara – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent grouping ideas.

  6. Diane – HALLSVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    This course was done very well and was very helpful!!

  7. Noemi – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  8. Blanca – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Good refresher course. Very little original information. Ideas that can be implemented early that will pay off later.

  9. Martha – Private Pay (verified owner)

    This course was short and to the point. I liked it very much and taught me things I had not really thought about before. Excellent

  10. Claudia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    no comment

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