Math = Love: New Groupwork Norms Posters

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Groupwork Norms Posters

I've been working on putting the final touches on my room.  Tomorrow is my last day of summer.  Thursday and Friday will feature mandatory trainings, time to work in our rooms, and meet the teacher night.

One of my last things to hang are my group norms for this year.  I've done these before, but I feel like I know so much more than I did last time around.  You'll notice some of the posters are the same, and others are different.  :)  

These norms are based off of what I've learned about implementing effective groupwork from reading Elizabeth G. Cohen's Designing Groupwork (affiliate link) and Ilana Horn's Strength in Numbers.  Both of these books have changed my view of groupwork and how it can impact student understanding.  If you want to get serious about groupwork, I'd recommend both of these books in a heartbeat!  (I've posted a few activities I've adapted from Designing Groupwork here, here, and here if you're interested.)    


Here are the norms I have chosen for this year.  They start after my Growth Mindset Mistakes poster.

Sorry for the weird angles.  I was trying to combat the inevitable glare on the lamination. 

If you'd like to put these posters in your own classroom, I've uploaded the files here as an editable Publisher file and a non-editable PDF file.  The PDF version will preserve the fonts.  Given than I used 15 different fonts in the Publisher file, it's probably best to just substitute your own favorite fonts when editing it instead of trying to match mine exactly. ;)   


  1. Oh yeah. These are great. Next poster moment I have!

  2. Sarah - Thanks so much for sharing your resources! I can tell you that your posters look great in my Greenville, SC classroom! My stack of books to read is growing thanks to you as well :)

  3. These are great! Yesterday I downloaded, printed, and laminated a BUNCH of posters you had uploaded previously...I might have to do some more :)

  4. As always Sarah, thank you for sharing.

  5. Sarah, thank you so much for uploading so many resources for free, which new teachers like me need. I must admit, I have been reading your blog for over a year now. I was looking for some classroom posters and knew you would be the best resource. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Thanks for sharing these great poster designs. I really like this. I usually use Adshel posters to advertise business in Perth and these posters are nowadays can be ordered in online at a reasonable price.