(11 customer reviews)

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

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

  1. Daisy – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)


  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Lisa – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)

    Great information on Small Group Instruction!

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

    Short and to the point

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

    Some useful advice in using groups in the classroom.

  7. Meghan – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    It was concise and clear.

  8. Carroll – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)

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

  9. Broze – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative.

  10. Imelda – PRESIDIO ISD (verified owner)


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