This is what I’ve learned from a Relationship month with fifth and sixth graders:

BIG Groups-

Create ways for students to voice questions anonymously.
This is a great way to get the ball rolling especially in a big group.
Big groups are great for generating lots and lots of questions.
Big groups are intimating when you have deep/personal questions to ask.
In big groups, its hard to address specifics.
Big groups come with lots of different opinions, ideas, + thoughts.
Make sure adults + students are heard.
Big groups raise awareness about what others are dealing with and the questions they are asking.
They remind us we are not alone.
Big groups need a moderator…
someone to keep the decision rolling and moving in the right direction.

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SMALL Groups-

Small groups help after a big group talk/discussion because they allow space to solidify points.
Small groups have the ability to discuss questions of a personal nature.
Small groups provide accountability.
Small groups must address specifics.
Small groups provide a place to be challenging in your thinking.
In a small group, your name and story is more fully known.

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Big or small their are positive and negatives of each.
Knowing the dynamics of each is helpful in deciding which is a better tool in your situation.

What would you add to these lists?  What have you learned from the dynamics of each?

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