Design Patterns for CS Education/Design Patterns/Size of lightweight teams

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Size of lightweight teams

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Pattern Name

Size of Lightweight Teams

Problem: Students are reluctant to talk/participate in a large class.

Level (any)

Semester (any)

Activity type (any)

Solution: Assign students to small groups of 2-3 students where they may be less hesitant to speak up. Make sure each member comments / contributes by having the facilitator walk around to each team and direct questions to individual students who have yet to participate.

Formation (random, prescribed)

Size (small)

Composition (any)

Duration (any)

Contribution to grade (small)

Activity progression (group to individual, individual to group)

Roles (equal responsibility)

Rationale: Students are more at ease in a smaller group than in a large class, so they may be more likely to participate even without being forced to do so.
Potential Pitfalls: Students will be awkward in the beginning of the semester and need to know why you are doing this.