Looking for a unique tool to create instant cooperative learning groups?
Cooperative learning is all about getting your students engaged! However, effective grouping is an important aspect. Over the years, I created sets of desk tags that included multiple symbols to offer flexibility for a variety of grouping techniques. The table mats in this pack include several of these symbols plus a few new ways to group: by table, number, color, shape, facing student, adjacent student, letter, or number and letter.
This cooperative learning mat offers eight flexible grouping strategies. The group sizes range from 2 to 16 when used with a class of 32 students. It includes same-number student groups, different-number students groups, as well as, same- and different-letter student groups; however, this grouping tool also offers a number/ letter combination student group (the A and B are in a different location on every other mat). Additionally, shape and shape color (8 colors included with the set) student groups can be created as well. Partner groups can be created with "face" or "shoulder" student groups.
To Use this Mat: Consider the students' everyday seating arrangement to be home base. Place a mat in the center of each table. Each student then uses the symbols on the portion of the table mat nearest to them to determine his/her group for the next activity. From here, after completing the activity, students can return to home base or use the table mat at their current location for a new group if needed.
I hope this product provides a variety of instant groups for your classroom!- The Routty Math Teacher
Cooperative Learning Table Mats
by Shametria L. Routt
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
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