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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 25 Twenty-one ways of forming groups

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 25 Twenty-one ways of forming groups Robert Chambers Introduction one group, the twos another, and so on. This is the easiest and most common method. A Teachers and trainers often need to form variant is to number straight through, say 1 to groups. Much of the best learning experiences 22, and then to stand divided as odds and and discovery take place through group evens, and then split each of these into two or activities and discussions. The purpose of this three. This has the advantage of more note is to provide a menu of some methods for movement, chaos and wake-up activity. forming groups. There must be many, not just those which follow. Please write in with Plus: quick, simple, random; mixes comments and additions. participants across seating groups; no preparation needed. The methods can be grouped as: Minus: no group identity. · Random; · pre-allocated; 2. Number clumps · mixed; · homogeneous; Prepare four or more sets of numbers in · self-selected; and, groups which sum to the total number of participants. For example, with 15 · formed through moving on. participants: 2 of 5, 1 of 2, 1 of 3= 15 ...

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