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Posted on February 22, 2018 6:04 pm
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Kady Schlemmer
Kady Schlemmer
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Frustrated ELL
I just recently started working with a pre-production ELL student (we'll call him Jake). He was teamed up with another student (we'll call him Matt) to work on building a bridge for a STEM project. My CT thought the two boys would make a good pair because usually, they hang out at recess and lunch. My CT thought that they would be able to communicate well enough to complete the project (lots of visuals were provided and it is a very hands-on project). Trouble is, Matt got very bossy towards Jake. I explained to Matt that Jake had ideas and wanted to participate, too, and that they were to work together. A few minutes later, Jake was in tears. He was continuing to do all that Matt told him to, but through a tear streaked face. What would you do in this situation? How would you fix this?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted February 25, 2018 6:24 pm

Wendy
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I think it would be a good idea to either add a third person to this team, change the teams or take some time to work with these boys. you could also assign them individual responsibilities for the project. Perhaps one draws a plan and another gathers the supplies. Then one can build the base while the other finishes the expanse. It sounds as if Matt is mistaking Jake's silence for not understanding the project and in turn taking control of it. He needs to see that this is not the case and Jake has a great deal to add to the project too.
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Solution 2
Posted February 26, 2018 3:49 am

TaTaBy
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I know that your CT thought that these boys would work well together, but they are obviously struggling together. I would talk to Matt and let him know that if he does not let Jake participate then he would have to work alone. If this behavior continued then I would move Jake to a different group and let Matt work alone because obviously, he is having a power struggle. I would also try to make up rules for Matt when working in pairs or a group.
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