How to Lead a Small Group

By | February 2, 2020

Come to the classroom prepared

    • Understand the specific task to be done.
    • Arrive on time.
    • Collect and organize needed materials.
    • Know where to meet and work with the students.
    • Bring energy and a calm demeanor to leading the group.

 Seat yourself strategically within the group.

    • Sit in the best position for control and positive interaction
    • Avoid sitting at the “head” of the table.

 Establish yourself as leader of the group.

    • Model and share your expectations.
    • Explain your signals for student participation.
    • Give students clear directions.
    • Use “wait time” and open-ended questions.

 Keep students focused during activities.

    • Confirm student understanding of the task after 5 minutes.
    • Check student progress throughout the work period.
    • Modify work to match student abilities.
    • Keep track of students leaving your group (restroom, etc.).
    • Praise quality work; encourage personal best.
    • Plan a movement or refocusing activity if the group is restless.

End the activity on time and in control.

    • Stop 5 minutes before the end of the activity to begin clean-up.
    • Direct students in the way you want clean-up handled.
    • Create an expectation of students leaving the group quietly.
    • Monitor student behavior as they leave the group.

Complete adult clean-up.

    • Put all materials away.
    • Wipe down tables and clean floor areas if needed.
    • Check student work and turn in to teacher.
    • Fill out the teacher’s evaluation form for small groups.

 Prepare for your next session before leaving.

    • Look over the next task.
    • Gather special materials and stow for next time.
    • Know that you are appreciated and thanked even if no one tessl you that as you leave.

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