Group Roles: I started using group roles at the end of last school year, can't wait to use them this year. I have the roles taped onto an index card and laminated.
Here are my roles:
FACILITATOR (“The boss”)
focus on group process
· Reads the problem and the questions
· Makes sure everyone understands each question before the team begins to discuss it
· Enforces school CREST
· Helps the team reach consensus
· Calls the teacher over for a group question
MONITOR (“The nanny”)
focus on group resources and time management
· Get & return all needed supplies
· Keeps everyone on task
· Monitors time
· Moves the team along to assure that the tasks are done in the allotted time
RECORDER (“The writer”)
focus on group record
· Keeps track of the team’s work
· Writes down the team’s answers
· Make sure everyone takes good personal notes
· Sets aside papers for absent group members
PRESENTER (“The star”)
focus on group reporting
· Makes sure the group discusses how it functioned during the activity
· Shares information with other groups if necessary
· Reports the group’s answers during the class discussion
Accountable Talk: I have a bulletin and table signs that address accountable talk. I have students use accountable talk stems when they are working in groups and talking to each other about their task.
Noise Level and How are we learning: I found on pinterest a how are we learning poster so I incorporated it with a noise level poster that my friend has created. See the posters below.
I also has this amazing "Turn and Talk" tips that I use as a reference when students are discussing their bellwork with each other. I also found it on pinterest.
I created table signs that say group numbers and remind students what are the expectations are based on the kind of activity we are doing.
HOW ARE WE LEARNING
· Silent (Level 0)
· Stay on task
· Raise hand for help
· Take turns
· One partner talks, the other listens
· 6 inch voices (Level 1)
· Hold each other accountable
· Eye contact
· Give everyone group member a chance to speak
· Respect one another ideas
· 12 inch voices (Level 2)
· Do your part
· Listen to others (Level 0 when listening)
· Raise hand to speak (Level 3 when speaking)
· Pay attention to your teacher
· Participate in discussion – share ideas!
Job Roles: I like to have jobs in the classroom, it helps me stay organized and includes students in my classroom routines. I have a bulletin that is designated for the jobs. I do have to add the jobs that will be used this year and who will be doing them.
I would like to use these jobs but also incorporate some of them in my group roles.
Anchor Charts: In the beginning of the year I don't have too many posters on the wall. I have inspirational posters that of course I took from pinterest, but leave a lot of wall space blank. As the year goes on, the students and I create anchor posters to review concepts that we are talking about. I also love to leave student work all over the room. It's fun to see other students coming into my class and asking me what my students were doing.
8 Mathematical Practices: I have posters that I found on pinterest that I have posted in my room. I used the practices a lot in my planning but unfortunately I did not reference the practices posters with my students. Next time I might do a google doc reflection on 8 mathematical practices used, still need to think about this some more.
In the beginning of the year I used a handout that was in their folder. Everyday I would give students at most 5 points for following rules and expectations in my classroom. This was very time consuming and I ended up coming across http://www.classcraft.com/. It was a game changer, students loved it. Check it out and let me know if you have any questions.
Green, Yellow, and Red Cups:
This is a structure that I have not used yet. I see it being very beneficial when I do group work, which is almost every day. Read more about using green, yellow, red cups from this blog http://rockstarmathteacher.blogspot.com/2016/07/idea-smashing-for-my-collaborative-team.html