Routines and Procedures

Heads Together

In the Heads Together strategy, my students huddle in pre-determined teams at the beginning or end of a lesson to discuss a question, give each other advice, or decide on a response collaboratively. I use this quick strategy to give my students consistent opportunities to engage in productive group work throughout each class period.

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This routine is called "Heads Together". When students are working in their small group teams they start the lesson or end it by putting their heads together to discuss a question, brainstorm ideas, provide each other feedback/compliments, give each other advice, or decide/agree on a response collaboratively.
 
Students In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This routine is called "Heads Together". When students are working in their small group teams they start the lesson or end it by putting their heads together to discuss a question, brainstorm ideas, provide each other feedback/compliments, give each other advice, or decide/agree on a response collaboratively.
Freddy Esparza
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Third grade
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Number of Adults: one teacher; various other adults support during specific times (e.g., Blended Learning Coordinator, Special Education Teachers, etc.)

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