They help them learn responsibility. Group projects help students explore a subject in depth.
Here are some ways parents can help children with group projects. Remember these three C’s: communication, coordination, and cooperation.
Communication. As soon as you learn about the project, ask to see the assignment sheet. Will this project be done at school? Will outside work be needed? Offer your house. That way, you can keep an eye on the group as they work. Have your child call or email everyone in the group. Once the first meeting is set, you may need to follow up with parents.
Coordination. Make sure the group decides who’s doing what. Have your child write down what each person is doing. Suggest that they submit this list as part of the project. That way, the teacher will know if one member didn’t come through with his part.
Cooperation. Remember that not all kids have computers. But if your child offers to do the typing, someone else should make the poster. If one child won’t do his part, let the teacher know. She can help work with the child to encourage his participation.
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