to recharge, reflect, and revamp for the coming school year. With my move from 1st to 4th grade, I feel even more
motivated to reflect on my teaching practices and make some adjustments! This week I’ve been considering some of
my tried and true classroom management strategies. I pulled out these old, hand-drawn cooperative grouping
cards. Though they are tattered
and worn, this is a management tool I’m not ready to throw out because it works
so well. So, instead- I decided to
give them a much-needed makeover!
purposes- 1) quickly group students and 2) assign a responsibility to each
can be separated by color, number or letter. I love this because when I pass out the cards, students
don’t immediately know which group they will be in. It also gives me a secret way of separating students that I
don’t want to be in a group together.
(Hey, you know you’ve done it too!)
student to a role for the activity.
I find that it is important to take time at the beginning of the year to
train students on my expectations for each of these roles. Once the procedures and expectations
are in place, this grouping strategy runs like clockwork!
and returns all supplies for the group
guides the group to complete the task correctly
illustrator during group work
assures the task is completed on time
ideas to support the group’s work for the duration of the activity.