Practice and analyze successful collaboration and start the year off on a positive note! Included are four roles for collaborative work in a middle school science or STEM class. In addition to just the four roles, there are opportunities to practice those roles in a simple yet engaging low stakes activity and for in depth reflection and discussion about what promotes good collaboration. Students practice identifying roles in two scenarios. They are given a list of personality types that can hinder collaboration and asked to reflect on how they can change their behavior if they fall into one of those. Finally they are given six examples of poor group work and asked to find a solution. As a bonus, there is a collaboration reflection that can be used all year long!
May be done independently of in groups. The activity is meant to foster class discussion and set the tone for positive group interactions all year.