In order to help students become better at working in a group, it's important to give them feedback on how they're doing. Use this tracker to help you observe and quantify the behaviors of a group of students.
Preview the tracker with the students before you start so they know the expectations. If you are using group roles, preview those as well and assign them. Allow students to ask any questions they may have.
Be clear with the day's task (discuss chapter 13, brainstorm project ideas, generate research notes...). The more specific you can be, the better chance your students have to be successful with that behavior.
Allow the students to meet as a group. Be an observer. Tally each behavior you see as you see it. You won't be able to see everything, but tally everything you see.
After the group is finished meeting, review the observations and ask each member to set a personal goal for growing as a group member.
Once you've done it a few times and seen growth from your students, allow them to observe and tally for another group.