This week the 4th and 5th grade teams brought in strategies that we had attempted in order to show case our efforts towards encouraging students to collaborate. It was interesting that we all had a focus on collaboration with regards to discussion.
Here are a few of our take aways from each teacher’s successes and possible implications for further inquiry and next steps in implementation.
- Using Collaborative Conversation structures and norms for SEL discussions
- Students use sign language to agree/ disagree in a respectful way. Helps with quick assessment.
- Creating mixed groups using NWEA scores so that at least one student can drive the use of text evidence
- Focusing on POV in literature, and transferring concepts to group work and collaboration
- Giving each student a role within the conversation, then noticing how they subvert those roles
- Presenting intentionally confusing concepts, sparking a debate, and then removing myself from the conversation
- Use a timer, and give very short amounts of time for groups to solve a problem, come up with an answer
- When sharing out, have group members finish each other’s sentences and answers so that everyone has to know what the deal is.
- Modeling how adults collaborate together
- Focused messaging that “We can’t let each other fail.”
- Repetition of games, activities
Allowing students to self-identify as introvert/extrovert, challenging them to work both within and outside of those tendencies
We are super excited about our next steps! We each will take a personality/color survey. This idea sparked from our discussion about a strategy for grouping students and allowing them to see their strengths and weaknesses as partners in collaboration.