Literature of the U.S. Civil War
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SMALL GROUP APPROACH:
In each group there is a leader whose job it is to direct the discussions, a recorder who will write down the responses and summarize the groups thoughts, a reporter who will present the groups work results, and a timekeeper to whom all must listen as he/she keeps the group on task and focused. Each group member is responsible for putting into effect the no-fault, collaboration, and consensus policies of James P. Comer, M.D., (Comer, 1996). The teacher is the manager/facilitator of the groups. The need for dependency upon one another shows the importance of collaboration. Also, the class learns to work with no-fault policies. This reduces the negativity and blame in the group for ideas that might lead to a conclusion that isn't based on consensus.