Reflection: Discourse and Questioning The Rope Tug: Rehearsal and Evaluation - Section 3: Collaborative Activity


I have taught this lesson many times over the years, it is usually one of the few lessons where I included a collaborative activity in which my students worked together to create a finished project.  However what I have observed these past few weeks is that adding more partner work or group collaborative work to the lessons helps my students to work together to finish and do a good job. 

Besides my students having fun working together, I have also observed that they enjoy getting praise and feedback from their peers, and me.  Additionally, from my personal reflection notes some of the behaviors I have observed while students are working together: They are engaged in discussion about the project, in that they are talking about what they are supposed to be doing instead of 'playing' or just talking.  I have also observed students take on leadership roles where they delegate parts of the project to finish, or facilitate the work.  I have also seen students decide and make a decision on which student will share the finished project to the rest of the class.  I don't know if this is correct, but it looks like students take more ownership of the group work and want to do well for the group, not just themselves.

I also think it very important to have a little debriefing session at the end of the allotted time to validate my students’ accomplishments and their teamwork.  In First Grade, students are just learning to work together, let alone reflect on and evaluate their own work.  However, I have found that at the end of each collaborative activity when I stopped and noted how my students worked together, by giving specific examples of who or what was working well, it was not only a nice finish to the lesson, but it also helped my students to understand what they did as a team and to open up and express themselves.  As the school year continued, and my students became more confident, they were able to reflect back and evaluate how they worked as a team, and where they could have improved.  


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The Rope Tug: Rehearsal and Evaluation

Unit 7: Drama
Lesson 3 of 5

Objective: SWBAT work collaboratively in a group to practice reading their play parts with grade level fluency; SWBAT explain and evaluate how well they worked together.

Big Idea: Not only will your students be reading they will be practicing the skill of working as a team to finish the task, giving them more experience to range of texts and tasks.

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