Students working in collaborative teams in a key feature of the inquiry based method. By working in collaborative teams students are able to:
- communicate and compare their ideas with one another
- build on one another's ideas
- discuss and debate these ideas
- revise and rethink their reasoning
- present their final team understanding through multi-modal representations
Students are assigned roles within their team. Each team member has a specific role but all members share leadership responsibilities. Each member is accountable for the performance of the team and should be able to explain how the team obtained its results. For year 3-6, the team consists of three students- Director, Manager and Speaker. Each member of the team should wear something that identifies them as belonging to that role,such as a wristband or badge.
The Manager is responsible for collecting and returning the team's equipment. The Manager also tells the teach if any equipment is damaged or broken. All team members are responsible for clearing up after an activity and getting the equipment ready to return to the equipment table.
The Speaker is responsible for asking the teacher or another team's Speaker for help. If the team cannot resolve a question or decide how to follow a procedure, the Speaker is the only person who may leave the team to seek help. The Speaker shares any information they obtain with team members. The teacher may speak to all team members, not just the Speaker. The Speaker is not the only person who reports to the class; each team member should be able to report on the team's results.
The Director is responsible for making sure that the team understands the team investigation and helps team members focus on each step. The Director is also responsible for offering encouragement and support. When the team has finished, the Director helps the team members check that they have accomplished the investigation successfully. The Director provides guidance but is not the team leader.
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NOTE: This was adopted from Primary Connections: Linking Science with Literacy
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