Grouping Without Fear – Small Group Instruction in the Secondary Classroom


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.

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131 reviews for Grouping Without Fear – Small Group Instruction in the Secondary Classroom

  1. Ashley – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    It provides great insight in things to consider when grouping in your classroom.

  2. Gilberto – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    We don’t use group work much, but we should. I plan to incorporate more activities using group work.

  3. Jose – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)


  4. Blanca – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    It was very informative and realistic.

  5. Juan – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    interesting perspective

  6. Flor – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    good strategies to use in the classroom

  7. Rebecca – FORT STOCKTON ISD (verified owner)

    It gives some good points on working in groups .

  8. Audria – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)


  9. Maria – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    I have always had doubts about how I group my students. With this course, it cleared up many of my questions and gave me great ideas to try in my classroom.

  10. Ismael – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    This course was great. The presenter provided clear explanations and ideas on why using small group instruction is beneficial to our students. She also presented ideas on how to begin.

  11. Gayla – Private Pay (verified owner)

    Good information for small groups – would be helpful for everyone on my campus to watch this.

  12. Rosa Maria – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    So much really practical and useful information. I will use so much of what was presented. Thank you!

  13. Karyn – MIDLOTHIAN ISD (verified owner)


  14. Dennise – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Great course.

  15. Maritza – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed the idea of roles and reasonable expectations.

  16. Monica – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    I liked the new take on clustering of students.

  17. Diana – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This is course is very informative.

  18. Sheila – HALLSVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    There was a tremendous amount of useful information to consider.

  19. Kali – SPRING BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    I thought this course did a great job demonstrating the importance of working in groups in a classroom setting.

  20. Katy – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    It was a great presentation, however it kept going backwards and starting over.

  21. Martha – EANES ISD (verified owner)

    Interesting thoughts are reminders about small groups!

  22. Jared – BURLESON ISD (verified owner)

    Helpful strategies. Very practical.

  23. Devon – HILLSBORO ISD (verified owner)

    This course had good information about grouping students.

  24. Leticia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It’s a great way to refresh ourselves with best grouping practices.

  25. Audra – SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-U CITY ISD (verified owner)

    Easy to follow!
    I finished the course with clear ideas of how I can improve my small group interactions in my classroom.

  26. Alan – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great course

  27. Ruth – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Good overall, very easy to understand, a lot of great insight on working with small groups

  28. Erin – SAN FELIPE-DEL RIO CISD (verified owner)

    Covered the basics and provided real life examples.

  29. CHERYL – SAN FELIPE-DEL RIO CISD (verified owner)

    I thought the course was great. I use grouping in class, but I need to adjust some of the aspect of grouping in my classes.

  30. Heather – SPRING BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    I genuinely loved this course. There were so many times where I paused the videos to jot down notes that I will be using in my class next school year.

  31. Amanda – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Thank you

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