Collaborative Student Groups

Problem Solving Investigation

During the Problem Solving Investigation, students are in their teams and are delegating/agreeing on what their next steps and strategies will be during a problem solving investigation. Once they are ready to begin they show the teacher a silent signal, in this case a thumbs-up. They are then dissmissed to begin their investigation using manipulatives and materials they have are given/may select from. During this time each student is given a randomized role based on their drawn number for the session. Then students select strategies to solving the problem and collaborate using the strategies they've selected from our marh strategies card. Once they agree they provide feedback or ask questions in ways to proceed forth/close out the investigation task. The students identify their next steps and are in control of their own learning. I implement this strategy to catalyze stronger teamwork skills and lifelong collaborative abilities.This strategy is developing skill sets students will need in the upper grade levels as well as in college. Basic interpersonal communication and academic language profficiencies can only flourish when ample opportunities are created in the classroom.  

Strategy Resources (3)
Student Handout
 
 
The math strategies card is a reference tool posted on the wall near all computers, so students can them view during Dreambox lessons. We also use during Math lessons, as well as homework. Each of these strategies can be utilized by students in their own way using their scratch paper or when receiving help from a peer. The card provides students mathematical problem solving options during investigations.
Rubric
 
 
The teamwork rubric is a tool I use to develop my pupils' ability to acquire and develop more effectively when speaking in a group and to seek out support when they need it. 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 rubric is to hold teammates accountable, encourage improvement, and increase participation by all students no matter their level of speaking capability.
Student Handout
 
 
The math strategies card is a reference tool posted on the wall near all computers, so students can them view during Dreambox lessons. We also use during Math lessons, as well as homework. Each of these strategies can be utilized by students in their own way using their scratch paper or when receiving help from a peer. The card provides students mathematical problem solving options during investigations.
Rubric
 
 
The teamwork rubric is a tool I use to develop my pupils' ability to acquire and develop more effectively when speaking in a group and to seek out support when they need it. 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 rubric is to hold teammates accountable, encourage improvement, and increase participation by all students no matter their level of speaking capability.
Freddy Esparza
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Third grade
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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.

 
Academic Culture
Collaborative Hand Signals

Students communicate nonverbally through their hands that they agree, disagree, or want to add onto what someone previously said. Just think for a minute the amount of time we as teachers stop for interruptions. This strategy shows us that there are ways to effectively communicate with each other silently.

 
Routines and Procedures
Station Transition

Station transitions occur multiple times in a blended classroom. During station transitions, the team or group that’s coming out of the computers lines up and collects the materials ready to go into the whole group lesson on the rug. At the same time, the group that was just on the rug is now going to the computers and collecting their materials for the computers. We give each students 30 seconds to transition, after which we positively praise 3-4 students for making good transitions.

 
 
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