Group Talk and Group Work
Shared Expectations: A teacher and students practice, understand, and perform to classroom norms.
Shared Expectations: A teacher and students practice, understand, and perform to classroom norms.

Explicit Directions for Tasks

Caitlin gives the pair a bag of objects to sort. Caitlin's students sort the objects, tally the objects, and create a bar graph. Caitlin states explicit and clear directions to her class to ensure each student understands the expectations of this task.

About This Strategy
prep time:
Short
Grade Level: Second grade
Teaching Challenge: Group Talk and Group Work
Caitlin Vaughan
Strategy Implementation Questions
Questions to think about when implementing the strategy
  • How could clear directions support students in engaging in collaborative group work?
  • How could you help young students remember all the directions and expectations?
  • How could you modify this strategy for your students?
Lesson Notes

You are going to work in groups to tally objects and make a bar graph. I hand each group a bag of objects that can be easily sorted (cubes, shapes, beans, etc.) In your groups you are going to (1) sort your objects, (2) make a tally chart, and (3) make a bar graph. Depending on student readiness, I could do a "fishbowl" model here where the teacher and the students model the process so that students have a clear picture of what it means to be successful at this project.

About This Strategy
prep time:
Short
Grade Level: Second grade
Teaching Challenge: Group Talk and Group Work
Caitlin Vaughan
Artifacts
Teacher In Action
Lesson File:Classroom Video: Perseverance
In this video, Caitlin gives explicit and clear directions to her students and students execute tasks assigned.