Productive Group Work: How to Engage Students, Build Teamwork, and Promote Understanding
by Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher and Sandi Everlove
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Groups are smart. From the earliest interest in how groups work at the beginning of the 20th century to research today, evidence gathered has shown that "under the right circumstances, groups are remarkably intelligent, and are often smarter than the smartest people in them" (Surowiecki, 2005, p. xiii). We are not suggesting that teachers turn their classrooms over to student collaboration in the absence of instruction, but we are suggesting that productive group work be considered a necessary part of good teaching.