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Grade Level: 7-9 10-12
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Conquering Group Work

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These strategies will help explicitly teach collaboration skills through scaffolded steps and a discussion protocol. Students will have a chance to apply their collaboration skills with a group research project, as outlined in the infographic lesson.

Team Huddle

This strategy is a daily game plan for collaboration. It outlines group goals, individual tasks, and resources needed to successfully complete group work.

Problem Solving Protocol

When a group is struggling to work through a challenge—either as it relates to content or to working together as a team—this simple series of steps will help them get back on track.

Lesson: Infographics

Students will collaboratively conduct research on a common point of inquiry. They will share their
findings with a group, summarize and analyze it as a group, and make connections to key concepts
and ideas. The group will then collectively develop a visual representation of their findings as
an infographic.

Point of View Check: A Group Work Protocol

Use this group work protocol to ensure that prior to making group decisions, all perspectives have been considered and all voices have been heard.

Peer Feedback For Oral Presentations

This strategy helps prepare students for a deep dive in oral communication. Students will deliver an informal individual or group presentation to a peer or small group of peers to prepare for an upcoming formal presentation.

Collaborative Feedback

This is a universal strategy for facilitating peer feedback.

Group Research: weSEARCH

5 page strategy for group research projects. Includes 2 student reproducibles and all teacher moves.

Description

Introduction

This collection of 7  resources are bundled together to help educators who are interested in facilitating group work to ensure that all students are learning deeply. These teaching tools are intended for secondary levels and vary from 5th-10th grade. CraftED’s strategies included are intended to be used across projects and classes (meaning they are not content specific). The Infographic lesson included in this bundle is interdisciplinary and although specify individual standards and content areas, it can be used in any class where an infographic would be an appropriate benchmark assignment or final product for a group.

Underlying these resources are the following beliefs:

1) Simply working together in a group does not lead to deeper learning for all students.

2) Structures and protocols for group work can lead to equitable collaboration. 3) Collaboration skills must be scaffolded and explicitly taught.

Suggested Implementation Sequence:

1. Strategy: Team Huddle
This strategy is applicable for the beginning of any group assignment-either at the beginning of a work time or the beginning of a project, to help students identify group members’ roles and tasks.

2. Strategy: Point of View Check
A good time to use this protocol is in anticipation of an approaching challenge for a group. This strategy is best used as a “pause-point” in the middle of a group assignment or project.

3. Strategy: Problem Solving Protocol
When a problem has arisen, at any point in a group assignment, use this protocol to help groups process through challenges.

4. Strategy: Peer Feedback for Oral Presentations
Use this resource prior to a formal oral presentation. This strategy works best 1-2 days in advance of the presentation so that students have time to apply the peer feedback they receive as a result of this protocol.

5. Lesson: Infographics
This lesson is an opportunity for students to put their collaboration skills into practice through the creation of a final product.

6. Strategy: Collaborative Feedback
This strategy can be used at any time during the process of improving student work. CraftED’s lesson: Infographics calls for this protocol in phase IV.

7. Strategy: weSearch group research project
Use this resource to help you ensure equitable group work for group research projects.

 

Additional information

7-9

10-12

Bundle

Collaborative

Student Collaboration

Team Huddle

4-6

7-9

10-12

Foundational Strategies

Student Collaboration

Collaborative

Additional Information

Deeper Learning Competency Spotlight
Work collaboratively (a, b, c)
Learn how to learn (a)
Develop academic mindsets (b)

Target Audience
Grade: 5–10
Content area: All

The What
This strategy is a daily game plan for collaboration. It outlines group goals, individual tasks, and resources needed to successfully complete group work.

The Why
It can be challenging to work collaboratively! Scaffolding the art and skill of collaboration is integral to student groups successfully working together. Teaching students how to identify goals and resources and prioritize time is key to achieving deeper learning during exploration/work time.

Problem Solving Protocol

10-12

4-6

7-9

Foundational Strategies

Student Collaboration

Tools For Reflection

Collaborative

Reflective

Additional Information

Deeper Learning Competency Spotlight
Work collaboratively (a, b, c, d)

Target Audience
Grade: 5–10
Content area: All

The What
When a group is struggling to work through a challenge—either as it relates to content or to working together as a team—this simple series of steps will help them get back on track.

The Why
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, a group’s dynamic is not what we hoped. In other situations, work time plans flop. Asking students to engage in deeper learning work and to work together can be extremely challenging at times. When a challenge presents itself, it’s important for students to have tools to work their way out of it.

Lesson: Infographics

4-6

7-9

10-12

Deeper Learning Lesson

Research, Inquiry and Analy

Collaborative

Additional Information

Grade level
5 and up

Content areas covered
ELA with integration opportunities in multimedia, history, art, math and/or science

Total time
6 hours

Learning targets
Deeper Learning competencies:
Master core academic content (a, d)
Work collaboratively (a)
Communicate effectively (b, f)
Learn how to learn (i)

Standards
CCSS RLiteracy (History; Sci/Tech) 2, 7, 9, W W-2a-f, 6, 8–9, RI 9, SL 2, 4, 5
Experience snapshot
Students will collaboratively conduct research on a common point of inquiry. They will share their findings with a group, summarize and analyze it as a group, and make connections to key concepts and ideas. The group will then collectively develop a visual representation of their findings as an infographic. Their final work will be shared with an audience whom the students think would benefit most from their findings. Throughout this process, students will engage in small group
work, discussion protocols, whole-class discussions, individual writing assignments, and a final ELA performance-based assessment.

Point of View Check: A Group Work Protocol

7-9

10-12

Foundational Strategies

Student Collaboration

Tools For Reflection

Collaborative

Reflective

Additional Information

Deeper Learning Competency Spotlight
Work collaboratively (a, b, c, d)
Learn how to learn (a, e, k, m)
Develop academic mindsets (a, b, c)

Target Audience
Grades: 9–12
Content areas: All

The What
Use this group work protocol to ensure that prior to making group decisions, all perspectives have been considered and all voices have been heard.

The Why
Collaborative work often gives rise to issues related to status and power that prevent all voices and perspectives from being considered. Part of learning deeply means doing so collaboratively. In order for all students in a group to successfully engage in this process, protocols must be in place to ensure that time and space is held for every voice.

Peer Feedback For Oral Presentations

4-6

7-9

10-12

Foundational Strategies

Dissemination of student

Student Collaboration

Collaborative

Additional Information

Deeper Learning Competency Spotlight
Work collaboratively (a)
Communicate effectively (a)
Learn how to learn (a, e, h, l)
Develop academic mindsets (a, b, j)

Target Audience
Grades: 4–10
Content areas: All

The What
This strategy helps prepare students for a deep dive in oral communication. Students will deliver an informal individual or group presentation to a peer or small group of peers to prepare for an upcoming formal presentation. This practice round allows peers to o er feedback on oral communication skills, in preparation for a performance-based assessment; it also gives students an opportunity to generate goals for improving the quality of their work.

The Why
Feedback is a reciprocal process, one that requires skills that must be explicitly taught. This strategy is a scaffold to support students in not only learning how to give feedback, but also how to receive and apply it. Becoming a successful orator consists of several skills and demeanors that, with practice, can be developed over time.

Collaborative Feedback

10-12

4-6

7-9

K-3

Foundational Strategies

Collaborative

Student Collaboration

Additional Information

Deeper Learning Spotlight
Work collaboratively (a)
Learn how to learn (a, e, k, l)
Develop academic mindsets (a, b, c, f, g)

Target Audience
Grades: K–12
Content areas: All

The What
This is a universal strategy for facilitating peer feedback. Using targeted warm and cool feedback, students will help their peers improve the quality of their work. Students will then identify which feedback is most useful and, based on it, generate goals for improving the next draft of their work.

The Why
Peer feedback increases ownership and overall quality of student work. It teaches students that their work can improve with increased effort and support from others. However, giving feedback is a skill that most students have not yet developed. Because of its value, peer feedback is a skill we must explicitly teach.

Group Research: weSEARCH

10-12

4-6

7-9

Collaborative

Foundational Strategies

Research, Inquiry and Analy

Student Collaboration

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Team Huddle

This strategy is a daily game plan for collaboration. It outlines group goals, individual tasks, and resources needed to successfully complete group work.

Problem Solving Protocol

When a group is struggling to work through a challenge—either as it relates to content or to working together as a team—this simple series of steps will help them get back on track.

Lesson: Infographics

Students will collaboratively conduct research on a common point of inquiry. They will share their
findings with a group, summarize and analyze it as a group, and make connections to key concepts
and ideas. The group will then collectively develop a visual representation of their findings as
an infographic.

Point of View Check: A Group Work Protocol

Use this group work protocol to ensure that prior to making group decisions, all perspectives have been considered and all voices have been heard.

Peer Feedback For Oral Presentations

This strategy helps prepare students for a deep dive in oral communication. Students will deliver an informal individual or group presentation to a peer or small group of peers to prepare for an upcoming formal presentation.

Collaborative Feedback

This is a universal strategy for facilitating peer feedback.

Group Research: weSEARCH

5 page strategy for group research projects. Includes 2 student reproducibles and all teacher moves.