53 Interesting Things to Do in Your Seminars and Tutorials: Tips and Strategies for Running Really Effective Small Groups

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10 Supporting seminar leaders

A student who is leading a seminar will need your help in adopting and carrying through her new role.

You can help her in specific ways, for example, by sitting in a different seat and letting her sit in the place near the board and, in particular, by not talking too much yourself. Indeed, you may like to try keeping totally silent for the first half hour, say, or even try staying away from the first seminar altogether to give the group a chance to adapt to student leadership.

If the seminar leader does appeal to you to take over some of the responsibility by asking you when she should start or what she should do next, you can pass the responsibility back gently by saying, ‘This is your seminar, Rosie. It’s up to you’.

If she gets into serious difficulties and dries up or gets totally confused, there are two kinds of help you can give her. The short-term solution, which is humiliating for the student and likely to undermine her confidence for future such occasions, is to take over the seminar yourself. Long-term solutions, which enable her to continue for herself, are to prompt her by saying, ‘You were talking about x’ or, if she has panicked, to say firmly, ‘It’s OK, Rosie. Carry on’. You can talk about this further when you are giving her feedback later (see item 11).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Titles in the Series vi
  • Foreword vii
  • Preface to the First Edition ix
  • Chapter 1 - Starting off 1
  • 1- Getting to Know You 3
  • 2- Learning Names 5
  • 3- A Group Agreement 7
  • 4- Ground Rules 9
  • 5- Objectives 11
  • 6- Orientation 13
  • 7- Starting Again 15
  • Chapter 2 - Student-Led Seminars 17
  • 8- Preparing Groups for Seminars 19
  • 9- Briefing Seminar Leaders 21
  • 10- Supporting Seminar Leaders 23
  • 11- Feedback to Seminar Leaders 25
  • 12- Self and Peer Evaluation 27
  • Chapter 3 - Groupwork 29
  • 13- Breaking Up the Group 31
  • 14- Breaking Up the Task 33
  • 15- Sub-Groups 35
  • 16- Line-Up 37
  • 17- Pyramid 39
  • 18- Debate 41
  • 19- Furniture 43
  • 20- Rearranging the Furniture 45
  • Chapter 4 - Encouraging Students to Participate 47
  • 21- Getting Students to Speak 49
  • 22- Rounds 53
  • 23- Gifts 55
  • 24- Students’ Questions 57
  • 25- Students’ Interests 59
  • 26- Thought Shower 61
  • 27- Buzzer 63
  • 28- Open and Closed Questions 65
  • 29- Getting Students to Stop - Speaking 67
  • Chapter 5 - Encouraging Students to Take Responsibility 69
  • 30- Distribute Group Roles 71
  • 31- Working Alone 73
  • 32- Leave the Room 75
  • 33- Carry on without Me 77
  • 34- Self-Help Groups 79
  • 35- A New Teacher 81
  • 36- Group Grades 83
  • Chapter 6 - Evaluating the Work of the Group 85
  • 37- Group Self-Monitoring 87
  • 38- Observers 89
  • 39- Checking It out 91
  • 40- Record Your Tutorial 93
  • 41- Consulting the Group 95
  • Chapter 7 - Written Material 97
  • 42- Display 99
  • 43- Group Charts 101
  • 44- Students’ Notes 103
  • 45- Handouts 105
  • 46- Writing 107
  • 47- Open-Book Tutorials 109
  • 48- Essay Preparation 111
  • 49- Coursework Feedback 113
  • Chapter 8 - Expressing Feelings 115
  • 50- What’s on Top 117
  • 51- Self Disclosure 119
  • 52- Praise and Encouragement 121
  • 53- Concluding 123
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