I want to grow as a teacher and incorporating groupwork is something I need to try (again). A recap: My first year was fraught with misguided attempts at having students working in groups and quickly losing control of the classroom. So, toward the end of the year, I had all my classes work from their textbooks independently. This had pros and cons. One pro being that the classroom was managed and quiet. One con was that some students just sat there, pencil in hand, no work, yet quiet.... Today: I have had no groupwork in any of my classes so far. However, in order for me to grow, I kinda need to start doing this. Someone suggested with pairs to begin with. I'm afraid that pairs may turn into quads and then I'm back to classroom mgmt. issues. I'm also thinking about sending groups of kids to the board and letting them work with dry-erase markers. What I mean is, I will form 8 groups of 3s and send them all up there to work on problems. What happens if one group or some groups finish much earlier than others? Do I sit them down with nothing to do? And what is the "exit strategy" for groupwork? I learned that having groups for too long turns into gab-fests (girls talking and boys poking each other). Sometimes, it just feels better to leave it status-quo. Any ideas? I know I've asked this before but I want to try to make it work little-by-little.