Collaborative Student Groups

Color Teams

Color Teams are teams that students form themselves within the rotation groups that I have created. Students usually work in their Color Teams when we conduct a group task. When students are working in their teams, I encourage them to use academic discourse and math vocabulary words. Given that students spend a significant amount of time working independently on digital content in my blended classroom, Color Teams are an important structure to foster productive group work among my students.

Strategy Resources (3)
Students In Action
 
 
Rubric
 
 
The teamwork rubric is a tool used to develop my pupils' ability to acquire and develop more effectively when speaking in a group, and seek out support. Each day during our mini lessons students use the rubric to ask for help, give feedback, compliment, reflect and empathize with their peers. The main purpose of the teamwork is to hold teammates accountable, encourage improvement, increased participation by all students no matter their level of speaking capability.
Student Data
 
 
This is a point tracking poster I use monthly to encourage collaboration, teamwork, positive verbal statements and exchanges in the whole group and small groups, and a shared sense of pride. The teams are heterogeneous and student roles are chosen by students or may often be randomly drawn using our “numbered heads” strategy. At the end of a month, all teams are rewarded with a class board game time, brief movie, or a homework-free day.
Students In Action
 
 
Rubric
 
 
The teamwork rubric is a tool used to develop my pupils' ability to acquire and develop more effectively when speaking in a group, and seek out support. Each day during our mini lessons students use the rubric to ask for help, give feedback, compliment, reflect and empathize with their peers. The main purpose of the teamwork is to hold teammates accountable, encourage improvement, increased participation by all students no matter their level of speaking capability.
Student Data
 
 
This is a point tracking poster I use monthly to encourage collaboration, teamwork, positive verbal statements and exchanges in the whole group and small groups, and a shared sense of pride. The teams are heterogeneous and student roles are chosen by students or may often be randomly drawn using our “numbered heads” strategy. At the end of a month, all teams are rewarded with a class board game time, brief movie, or a homework-free day.
Freddy Esparza
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Third grade
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Whole-Group Instruction
Mystery Problem

This strategy is a biweekly problem solving investigation on recently learned content. Typically students will be given sample scanned answers that I have hand selected. These problems have been previously solved. Students meet on the carpet for the mystery problem reveal. We also cover what the goal of our session will be using a checklist/success rubric. They are then dismissed to investigate in teams. The students select manipulatives to discuss, develop an agreed upon idea, and critique which student(s) response they agree with/why. If a team finishes early they can work on they "Step ahead" which is harder differentiated task. Finally they use the checklist to self reflect if they were successful during the mystery problem session.

 
Instructional Openings
Vocabulary Prediction Chart

In my class, we go over one word a day from the unit we’re learning. The first step is to ask the class how many have heard of the word before. After I tally the number, those students predict its meaning (without giving any contexts). I ask them to justify why they make that prediction (e..g, where have they heard that word before? What clues are they drawing their information from?). After they share their predictions, I then share with them the signal or physical movement attached to word. It then becomes the signal word of the day.

 
 
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