The 4 key benefits of learning in groups
When children study in groups, be it in a physical or online classroom, it gives them opportunities to discuss, build on each other’s ideas, debate, clear misconceptions, and reach logical conclusions. The learning process is much more interactive and interesting which tends to develop a feeling of healthy competition among children and motivates them to do better. Students take more ownership of their tasks and outcomes. They collaborate with one another to breakdown complex topics to understand them, leading to deeper learning rather than rote memorization.
patience, listening, empathy, teamwork, collaboration, and problem-solving is something we all are learning during these trying months. Be it teaching a 4-year-old to keep patience and wait for his/her turn or teaching a 14-year-old to be open to listening to his/her peers, accepting different perspectives and viewpoints on a given issue, overcoming differences and capitalizing on one another’s strengths, resources, and skills will help your child immensely in their future lives.
The most important factor is that collaborative learning, even through a computer sense, helps students to take responsibility. It helps them in assessing themselves as well as their peers. When studying in groups, positive reinforcement works wonders in encouraging children to emulate behaviour that is appreciated by their learning community.
As a teacher, I have also observed that learning with other students of different personalities and skills helps children to improve their communication skills. It enables them to articulate their ideas and thoughts in a clear and concise manner. It especially helps increases their self-confidence and self-esteem. It teaches them to organize, assign, and manage themselves as well as others in the group for a common goal.