I wrote recently on my blog about the power of group work and how much I love that Common Core is the introduction of speaking and listening standards as well as the Standards for Mathematical Practice and the emphasis and on discussion and reasoning. You can see in a lot of my activities the emphasis on students talking with each other and having a chance to provide each other support and feedback.
But how do you ensure that YOU are getting the most out of your time while you walk around during group work??
When I worked with first year teachers, I always noticed a couple of pitfalls about group work. 1) they weren't adequately prepared to pull it off. More on that later.
2) they would walk around not clear on what they should be looking and listening for.
To get in front of this, during a coaching session I worked with one of them to start to articulate four key buckets that they needed to keep their eyes out for to launch an awesome debrief and independent practice time. The list is by know means exhaustive but rather a starting point.
The FREE resource attached is us putting that down on paper and brainstorming some responses. Again this is not exhaustive or perfect but it was a POWERFUL exercise for us to do together and really did lead to some significant change in the execution of group work.