Teaching in Small Groups

Session Objectives

  1. Describe several strategies to encourage collaboration and create a trusting environment in the small group.
  2. Describe several strategies to facilitate active participation.
  3. Describe several strategies to help consolidate learning.
  4. Describe several strategies to respond to disruptive behavior in small groups.


  1. Establish mutually developed ground rules for small group participation.
  2. Manage the dynamics of small group facilitation to assure preparation and participation of all members.
  3. Develop personal strategies for dealing with “challenging participants” including : the persistent talker;  the quiet, shy or timid member; negative attitudes (know it all, whiner, and clown).
  4. Be alert to students with signs of academic or personal impairment including professionalism issues, depression and anxiety, mental illness, substance abuse or learning disabilities.

Applies to the following LSI roles

  • Small Group Lecturer / Facilitator
  • Team Instructor
  • Clinical Teacher (inpatient / outpatient)
  • Clinical Teacher (outpatient)
  • Core Site Preceptor

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Ways to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Teaching in Small Group Settings

Uncertain what to do when faced with a group of silent, seemingly bored learners?  Does small group teaching make you anxious? Are you looking for tips to enhance your already solid small-group teaching skills? This presentation addressed each of these areas, and more.

Not all cases are created equal; Tailoring cases to your needs

In medicine, clinical cases are one of our most important teaching tools, but it is sometimes difficult to decide how best to incorporate cases into the diversity of teaching environments we encounter. This session will discuss a variety of ways to use clinical cases to illustrate different teaching points and provide a rudimentary roadmap for selecting and writing cases appropriate for your teaching style.

See handout:http://medicine.osu.edu/sitetool/sites/pdfs/medicinepublic/teaching_with_cases.pdf

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