Math = Love: Class / Group Work Norms Poster Set (Free Download)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Class / Group Work Norms Poster Set (Free Download)

One of my big goals for the upcoming school year is to incorporate effective group work into my classroom.  Group work is something I really struggle with.  I try it, it doesn't go how I want it to, and I give up.

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

Take turns.

Listen to others' ideas. 

Disagree with ideas, not people.

Be respectful.  

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! 
 Naked numbers refer to answers without proper units.  I've been really bad about letting my students get away with not writing units.  Not anymore!

Put the question in your answer! 
Do you have any suggestions of norms to add/revise?

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  1. I love your plan for working on group norms!! Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous posters (with all of the fun fonts, of course.)

    1. Thanks! I'm hoping it works! (And you know how I am with fun fonts!)

  2. Awesome group norms! I love the set up that you are planning for group work next year! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks! I'll try to post an update on how it's going once the school year gets started.

  3. These are great. Thanks for sharing!!!

    Hodges Herald

  4. Wow! Thank you for sharing these... All the things that you always want to say to kids!

    1. Agreed! I'm hoping that by having them on the wall, I will start to incorporate them more into my speech, and my statements will become second nature to my students.

  5. I love these rules! Thanks so much for sharing :)

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

  6. Thank you so much for posting these! I think I will use the idea of choosing a few to focus on as well as an idea from another blog about giving marbles to each group when I recognize a norm in action. ( Thank you so much for blogging. You are a constant resource and inspiration to me.

  7. What does "Say your 'becauses'" remind the students to do?

    1. It's a reminder that students need to justify their answers. For example, when we were learning to classify relations as function/not a function. Students had to say "this is a function BECAUSE..." or "this is not a function BECAUSE..."

  8. So smart! I always have to pull the "because"s out of my students! :)

  9. I feel like I'm downloading everything! Thank you Sarah