The use of small groups is a very effective learning technique and the cornerstone of cooperative learning. Sometimes, however, when you announce that you are going to break into subgroups, you might hear, “Oh, no! Not again!” To maintain a high level of interest and enthusiasm throughout the session, draw on your creative muse even when dealing with small groups.
Many learning activities require you to break a large group into subgroups. The most frequently used method of creating subgroups is to ask participants to count off by however many groups you want to create. However, this method is boring and people often forget their numbers or where they are supposed to relocate. Instead of the old “ho-hum” approach, let's look at some other more creative ways to create small groups.