These name-tags are an easy way to structure cooperative learning in your classroom. Simply print the name tags on colored paper to designate groups. Write children's names with your best teacher handwriting. Finally, laminate them for kid-proof materials.
Research shows that children - especially low SES students - learn best when processing with their peers. These easy to use labels will help designate each student's responsibility in a group. Ideally, children should work in groups of four. In classes with an odd number of students, let children pick if the fifth member is an additional encourager, timekeeper, scribe, or leader.
Teachers should predetermine students groupings based on academic ability and behavioral needs. After teaching and practicing each role, you can let teams choose each member's role for maximum student buy-in. After a short mini-lesson, kids can return to group desks and discuss questions together. They can also use these teams for collaborative projects!
A guide sheet for each role comes in the package. These charts can go in student folders, and remind them of how to do their job and give prompts for discussion.
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