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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Large and Small Group


Building with blocks can also be a large group activity, which could also include matching

The article from the journal-Advocate Community news; sums up the importance of preschool and how children learn.

One of the things that stood out for me was large and small groups, I don’t think teachers understand how important both of these groups are.

Each week students should have both a large and small group activity, whether it’s an art project or a one on one assignment with the teacher.

Large group is when the entire class gets together usually at the table to do a large group activity. This large group activity can be an Art project or writing assignment.

Most teachers do an art project as a large group activity, this can consist of painting, coloring, gluing or cutting.

It is important that the teachers have all the supplies ready for the students, so that they can get started after the instructions are given.

We want are students to gain patience, but this is not the time for it; your table should be project ready, which means that each student should have everything they need to complete the project. If students will be sharing glue or crayons, they should be told beforehand.

When students work together as a group, they learn to share, and it also gives them the opportunity to learn how to concentrate on the task at hand with all the distractions from the other students in the group, as well as learning to take directions, and gain patience.

Small groups usually consist of two students and the teacher; a small group activity can also be an art project that requires special attention or a writing assignment.

Most teachers save their writing assignments for small groups; students might be instructed to trace their names or practice writing their letters.

During small group, the students get individualized assistance from the teacher so it gives the teacher an insight on what the student knows. Most teachers use this time to assess their students to see if they know their letters, numbers, colors and shapes.

Small group activities also require a great deal of concentration from the students, since other students are playing in the classroom around them; they must remain focus.  

Working together as a group gives the students a chance to use their social skills, share and take turns. 

Working in a small group with the teacher allows the students to have one on one communication with their teacher and an opportunity to build a student/teacher relationship.



Darla*

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