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.