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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Routines and Procedures
Computer Captains for Transitions

Computer Captains for Transitions is a routine I have developed that allows my students to take on an important peer leadership role that, at the same time, helps minimize the amount of time that my students spend in transition from working independently on a computer to joining their group on the rug for direct instruction or vice versa. Using the Computer Captains for Transitions strategy, which involves designated students alerting their peers to the timing of routinized whole-class transitions, allows my students to develop more ownership over their own learning and the culture of the class. Used in combination with timing transitions and re-doing unsuccessful transitions, this strategy has helped me re-capture critical learning time in my blended learning classroom. 

 
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.

 
Assessment & Data
Fluid Mastery Rubric

Students self-monitor their understanding by using the Fluid Mastery Rubric.  They monitor their level of understanding of the lesson on a scale of 1 to 4 (1 being least mastered to 4 being most).  Because my students are given the opportunity to reflect and self-monitor their level of understanding of the lesson, I get real-time data on which students need targeted interventions and supports. 

 
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