My students always enjoyed working in groups. They begged to be with their friends whenever I assigned a group project. In general, I dreaded allowing students to work in groups. I feared the classroom disruption from students who could not stay on task. And I wondered if students would do their best work in a group. Yet, I had to admit that as a graduate student, I found that some of my best work resulted from work in a group setting.

Author Biography

Karen A. Keller is an English teacher at Muskegon Catholic Central High School and an adjunct instructor of English at Muskegon Community College in Muskegon, Michigan. She is a fellow with the National Writing Project. This article resulted from her work as a teacher/researcher with the Lake Michigan Writing Project at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, U.S.A.