Grouping Without Fear: Small Group Instruction in the Classroom


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

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

  1. Jayla – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    This course was relevant to my current teaching. I enjoyed it.

  2. Yvette – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    This course provided great ideas for small group instruction.

  3. Lynda – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)


  4. Madeline – HALLETTSVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    Great information!

  5. Kyrista – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    It was easy to follow.

  6. Arlene – FORT STOCKTON ISD (verified owner)

    I thought it was great overall.

  7. Diana – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Loved it!!

  8. Carmen – MERCEDES ISD (verified owner)

    This course is very helpful to grouping the students on:
    1.- Decision time
    2.-Teach the skill
    3.-Roles and resources

  9. Jayson – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    There is a lot of valuable information in this course. It will assist any teacher to be more aware of how to group students for projects or just daily lessons/learning.

  10. Irisol – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    The course was very informative with many good ideas as to how to create small groups.

  11. Elma – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Thank you for the information.

  12. Racha – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    I have learned how to evaluate, and group my students. It is a great video to watch to learn about how to group your classes.

  13. Beth – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    The presenter was clear and concise in her presentation.

  14. Diana – TIPP CITY EXEMPTED VILLAGE (verified owner)

    Excellent session for identifying positive ways of use small grouping in the classroom.

  15. Allyson – NORTHRIDGE LOCAL (verified owner)

    Great ideas for grouping!

  16. Bri – NORTHRIDGE LOCAL (verified owner)

    I thought she did a great job explaining the different jobs that each group could do.

  17. Aimee – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative

  18. Christabel – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)


  19. Stefanie – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Thoughtful and engaging

  20. Mayra – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It is excellent.

  21. Mirna I. – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    great Training, lots of ideas.

  22. Elizabeth – CORPUS CHRISTI ISD (verified owner)


  23. Heather – ANDREWS ISD (verified owner)

    Great information

  24. Cynthia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It was helpful

  25. Mariana – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It is a great course that offers great practices to implement small group.

  26. Cynthia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great grouping strategies.

  27. Carolyn – SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-U CITY ISD (verified owner)

    Good information for guidance on creating effective and engaging small groups.

  28. Sandra – Pilot (verified owner)

    Great information.

  29. Blanca – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great ideas

  30. Ashley – WYLIE ISD (verified owner)

    It was great.

  31. David – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    This session was great and I am sure I will use small group instruction from now on.

  32. Romelia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This course will give you a short but very effective explanation on how to group your students. It was very helpful and informative.

  33. DEBBIE – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Thorough and informative.

  34. Elizabeth – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Very Informative.

  35. Karen – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    This course was somewhat helpful in relation to the pre-k classroom setting.

  36. Peyton – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    This course includes actual helpful and actionable information!!

  37. Lauraly – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    Great tips for grouping students.

  38. Cynthia – FORT BEND ISD (verified owner)

    It was not what I was expecting, but it was useful. I like the presenter’s teaching style.

  39. Priscilla – LA FERIA ISD (verified owner)

    This course was eye opening. I was hesitant in using small group instruction in the higher grades but feel a bit more comfortable to implement in my classroom next year.

  40. Linda – DAYTON CITY (verified owner)

    Good tips on how to create small groups.

  41. Amy – FOUNTAIN 8 (verified owner)

    Quick and easy.

  42. Shanna – HALLSVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent presentation with real-world applicable suggestions

  43. Tammy – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Great series considering the importance and external benefits to working in a collaborative way.

  44. Windy – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Good information and practical advice.

  45. Jyotsna – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    It was great information.

  46. Ciara – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Good course for those who feel college didn’t thoroughly teach grouping methods

  47. Chelsea – FOUNTAIN 8 (verified owner)

    This course supported my knowledge in grouping overall. I just would like a few more examples of providing roles for students to be supportive of all students like the examples of the collaborative test taking strategies.

  48. Angie – SOUTH POINT LOCAL (verified owner)

    I really did enjoy the speaker. She made is applicable and easy to understand. She used connections to the real world.

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