How can I ensure that all students participate in the group activities?

As the teacher, you know that no two students are the same, and no two classes are the same. Encourage everyone to participate. Offer positive feedback when each student is in front of the class. If you have someone that refuses, pull them aside and find out why. Each year, you will probably have at least one student who is uncomfortable with presenting to the class, and there are a few strategies offered by veteran teachers that can help encourage these students.

The teacher can only expect and encourage students to work together, but it’s important to keep the pressure on and keep your expectations high. Be creative! Have fun with it, and student success will follow.