I decided to design a set of posters that could be hung on the wall to remind everybody (including myself) what the responsibilities are of each group member.
These roles and descriptions are stolen from Ilana Horn's Strength in Numbers: Collaborative Learning in Secondary Mathematics. I know I've talked about this book a lot on this blog. But, it's for a good reason. This book has radically changed how I view group work.
At OCTM earlier this summer, one of the presenters talked about how she implemented group work in her own classroom. She took these roles and printed them on small cards. These cards were laminated and stored in a library pocket. Whenever group work took place in her classroom, she would pass out a pocket of group role cards to each group. Each member would take the card that corresponded to their job. I'm definitely stealing this idea! I need to put making sets of these cards on my to do list!
I also need to get busy making cards for a pocket chart. I am going to randomly assign students to groups. This is a scary thought. But, I know that it will be for the better. If I have the expectation that all students can learn, that group work benefits all students, then I must randomize my groups.
Here are the individual image files for the four group roles. I've uploaded the poster files here.
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