Effective group work strategies in secondary English

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This case study was written by Beth Stewart, a secondary school English teacher. As you read this case study, reflect on how the teacher has carefully considered grouping in their classes. Take some time to think about what the teacher does, how they do it, what they might do differently and how this might influence your own practice. As pupils are asked to comprehend large pieces of fiction and non-fiction, particularly in the English Language GCSEs, ensuring that pupils have the confidence and the skills to approach a text is significant. Trying to find an effective strategy for using group work in an English lesson can be a difficult task, especially when wanting to maintain focus and behaviour. This case study will consider the use of reciprocal reading and the benefits it can have in when utilised English lessons. Reciprocal reading refers to a teaching strategy in which students learn and use the skills to allow them to understand a text. Pupils are asked to consider four core c

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    Angela Murphy

    A useful example/structure for how reciprocal reading can be used within the classroom – transferable to many subjects. Will be good to give this a try in training to model the process.

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