When I was teaching, it was important to do some trial and error since day 1. I didn’t come off too strong to students at first and focused more on one-on-one interactions. This seemed to work well especially with students who did okay in my class, but had issues in other classes. With group work, I always gave students the option to work alone since I would do random grouping. Then, if there was a situation where I wanted to reward them (or make a deal with them) I would let them pick their groups. With some classes it didn’t work, like if any student is left out or if it’s just too cliquey. The students who opted out of group work were usually more like cats while the students who wanted to work together were more like dogs. The independent students were worked in a disciplined way and could figure out problems on their own while the group work kids were more easily distracted, but also learned much better from their peers than from the book. This is why this resonated with me:
Of course, most students are not completely one or the other, but it is important to consider both with every lesson.
Link to blog post where the screenshots were found: