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Strategies for an Effective Reading Process: Organizing Student Reading Groups

Obviously, many variations and variables affect the organization and ultimate success of group work. We encourage faculty to establish collaborative practices early in the semester, starting with rapport-building and leading to group projects and/or presentations. We also encourage that reading not only be seen as an isolated activity to be conducted as homework before the next class, but also as a collaborative activity that can help students better evaluate, share, and disseminate the ideas they read. Students can productively apply reading strategies together by drawing from their various backgrounds and abilities. Faculty can use the following strategies to create effective reading groups.

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Using icebreakers to establish rapport and introduce collaboration

Assigning roles for collaborative reading

Managing collaboration using worksheets

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Teaching reading assignments in groups

Developing reading (and test) questions

Reading collaboratively online

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Alleviating group conflicts

Assessing collaboration