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What lessons do you teach at the beginning of the school year that set kids up for successful collaboration all year long?

Aug 29, 2013 8:16pm

  • English Language Arts
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    • Sep 9, 2013 10:56am

      I like to use the "Superior Attitude" quote to help set up norms and establish goals for the year.

      • Sep 9, 2013 10:59am

        I teach champs and how to collaborate in a group using the champs guidelines. I teach using a high interest topic and go over all the roles of the group.

        • Sep 9, 2013 11:01am

          I like to use lessons that provide the students with academic sentence frames to help them guide their group discussions.
          Having specific criteria for what they are reading/discussing
          is very helpful.

          • Sep 9, 2013 11:01am

            I like the student interviews and presentations either in pairs or in small groups. This allows student to become comfortable with talking in a group and listening to what their fellow students have to say. There must be an accountability piece for the information that the students heard so that you hit all skills necessary for collaboration. :)

            • Sep 9, 2013 11:02am

              I start the year off in groups and stay in groups all year long. I spend the first two weeks doing group activities and modeling what good group work looks likes. I try and bring my earlier career experience in another field as an example for the students.

              I also teach them the term restaurant voices. This means that your group can hear you, but the group next to you cannot.

              • Sep 9, 2013 11:05am

                I use a number of activities from my Link Crew training to build a sense of team in my classes. Frequently, I have taught a variety of pre writing techniques (lessons) and used the content to provoke thought or just be goofy and then had students share. So, they were practicing/learning how to get started with the writing process and writing about topics that were easy to discuss with those around them.
                This also allowed me to see which techniques worked best for individual students and I learned about them as people and intellectually from the start!

                • Sep 9, 2013 11:09am

                  I start with pre-writing techniques and Link Crew Team building activities. This allows balance between, content, teaming and student voice. I also can learn about the intelectual process of students by watching with pre-writing techniques they are able to produce more text around.

                  • Sep 10, 2013 11:17am

                    I like to talk about respect and have a respect pact.