I mentioned in my other post that I loved the way that the Boaler article talked about interactions between students and this article also discusses the relationships that students have with each other when working in group settings. This is a very important aspect of group work that I often forget about because we assume that students already have relationships with each other. Although this might be true, students don’t always have the most positive relationships and we need to explicitly teach how to be respectful and how to properly contribute to a group.
We have talked a lot at my school about cooperative learning this year, which emphasizes the importance of students working in groups and each student having a specific role. It prevents students from sitting in the group and not participating. Vygotsky is referenced as promoting the opportunity for students to talk about what they are learning, which means that group discussions are important, but they are only valuable if all members are able to speak and be heard.