Back in May, I read Strength in Numbers: Collaborative Learning in Secondary Mathematics by Ilana Horn. This book was chock full of ideas on how to implement effective group work. I can't recommend this book enough! One of the main points in the book is that students need to be aware of the norms that you have for group work. I took the norms listed in this book and added a few others from other sources to make my own set of posters. I will be printing off these posters, laminating them, and hanging them in my classroom. Each time we do group work, I will pick 2-3 norms to focus on. I will indicate these by taping a small star on the posters of these norms. This will provide a visual reminder of what I am looking for. As we practice these norms more and more, they should become second nature to my students.
|Free Class / Group Work Norms Posters|
I'll post images of the individual posters below. Link to download posters is at the bottom of the post.
|Class / Group Work Norms|
|Listen to others' ideas.|
|Disagree with ideas, not people.|
|Helping is not the same as giving answers.|
|Confusion is part of learning.|
|Say your "becauses."|
|You have the right to ask anybody in your group for help.|
|No talking outside your group.|
|You have the duty to give help to anybody who asks.|
|Remember to play your role.|
|No one is done until everyone is done.|
|No naked numbers!|
|Put the question in your answer!|
Download files here.
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