Reflection: Rules and Consequences Mission Possible - 5 Scenarios in 5 Days: Day #1 - Section 1: Roll Out and Rationale


So what do you do when the team chemistry in a particular group is a struggle?


One of the positives of using group work in the classroom is that students are required to work with others of different ability levels, personalities, and temperaments.  As we adults know, this is a critical skill in the real world.  Many students have never been mentored through these situations, so I have created a protocol to assist with group dynamics.


1)   Meet with the group to identify the problem.  On the day the issue arises, I talk with each individual student in the group to get a picture of what is the issue.  Following these conversations, I immediately bring the group together and begin to problem solve. 

2)   Once we have all identified the problem and its possible solutions, I draft a simple document and send the students back to work.  The document is a contract that the students are required to follow that includes the solutions steps.  If a member of the group violates the contract, they may be fired and required to do the work entirely on their own.

* In the event that a student actually wishes to be fired and work along, I make note of this and doc the students’ collaboration points for the activity.  I also spell this out in the contract.

3)   All students sign the contract and go back to work.  The following day, I usually check in with the group to see how things are going.  NEVER before has the problem not been solved.  I have never had a group of students fire another student after our meeting.  

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Mission Possible - 5 Scenarios in 5 Days: Day #1

Unit 8: Functions, Problem Solving, and 21st Century Skills
Lesson 4 of 11

Objective: SWBAT create equations and inequalities to solve problems. SWBAT represent relationships between quantitates and constraints graphically. SWBAT interpret solutions as viable or non-viable options through the context of the mathematical model.

Big Idea: Students will work in small teams to solve a real world problem and present their findings in a whole-class business meeting!

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