What is it?
Interactive groups is how classroom organization that gives the best results at present as to the improvement of learning and living. Through interactive groups, multiply and diversify the interactions, while increasing uptime. They are characterized by an organization-inclusion of students in which with the help of more adults besides the professor responsible of the classroom. Thus, segregation is avoided and competitiveness that is generated to make the students labeled as "difficult" or "slow" to apply classroom curriculum adaptations and which has led to increased school failure (especially the students segregated) and conflict. By contrast, in developing interactive groups is achieved in the same dynamics, acceleration of learning for all students in all subjects, values, emotions and feelings such as friendship.
How is it organized?
In the heterogeneous classroom groupings are made regarding learning level, gender, culture, etc.. of students. Each group performs a specific activity short time as an adult (voluntary family member, other teachers or other professional field) ensuring tutoring the working group activity and to develop peer learning. When heterogeneous groups always students just before the activity, so that the person tutoring the group is responsible for helping their colleagues, creating a dialogue and interactions that accelerate the learning of all students and which goes only delayed. Usually (not essential) when passes a predetermined time by the teacher or the teacher (15 or 20 minutes depending on the time required for each activity) each group gets up from the table and sits in another, changing activities and tutor person with that at the end of the session, have been able to perform 4 or 5 different activities on a particular topic you are working in that session.
Experiences in Groups Interactive
When for example, a veiled mother comes to helping English class, since despite being illiterate in all languages and not speak Castilian, spoken English has a very good fruit of his years of immigration in London, are given two immediate effects. For one, most instrumental learning for students and on the other, an important reflection in the community: different people are not a problem but a help for my son or daughter to learn more.
Below you can find schools specific experiences on how to carry out the organization of the classroom for interactive groups:
- Article Classroom Educational Innovation N.131. Access
- School Newspaper Supplement. Groups Interactive. October 2011. Wolters Kluwer Publisher.