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

Small group instruction is something that all teachers are expected to do but that few feel they were taught to do effectively — especially at the secondary level. This course from Lisa Van Gemert teaches practical small group strategies you can easily implement in your classroom, allowing you to embrace small group instruction with excitement and confidence. 

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Small group instruction is a powerful tool to include in your teaching toolbox, but too few teachers have received training in how to implement it successfully in their classrooms.

In this course from Lisa Van Gemert, you will learn to use small group instruction in a way that your students will embrace and even look forward to. Ms. Van Gemert walks you through how to do each of the following:

  • Lead by example when it comes to group learning.
  • Make intentional decisions about whether to use small group whole group instruction for any learning experience.
  • Teach students the skills required to work successfully in a small group, such as listening well, using clear and concise speech, coming to consensus, sharing reasoning, taking turns, and making time for self-reflection.
  • Divide students into groups based on strengths and ensure students are only responsible for and graded on their own work, not the work of others.
  • Implement ideas that will take small group learning to the next level.
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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97 reviews for Grouping Without Fear – Small Group Instruction in the Secondary Classroom

  1. MARTHA – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Some slides were not complete. Information was missing. Also, information was repeated. For example, instead of 3.11 and 3.12 Jigsaw with an expert, the introduction played again. Please fix it.

  2. Martin – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Good pointers on organizing students into groups.

  3. Daphne – NEDERLAND ISD (verified owner)

    IIf you have never considered working in small group, then this is a good course to watch.

  4. Timothy – TIPP CITY EXEMPTED VILLAGE (verified owner)

    good information

  5. Karla – SAN FELIPE-DEL RIO CISD (verified owner)

    Lots of information, great way to understand small group instruction.

  6. Maricela – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    great ideas to use in groups

  7. MARIANELA – SAN FELIPE-DEL RIO CISD (verified owner)

    Interesting information

  8. REBECCA – SAN FELIPE-DEL RIO CISD (verified owner)

    Great ideas for intentional grouping.

  9. Courtney – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    This was a great break down on how to facilitate successful and and enriching groups in the classroom.

  10. Jeannie – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    Excellent ideas and great presenter.

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