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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Assessment & Data
Multiple Sources of Data

Since we use a preselected curriculum for math, the majority of data is collected and analyzed using the highlighted resources. Being a blended learning school we know it's important to look at multiple sources of data and consider where our students are at at that time whether at the start, midpoint, or end of a unit. Using each assessment as a snapshot of where students are at in order to plan/prioritize for both online and offline instructional strategies/steps is my main focus. (See screencast for further information) 

 
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