I’m a great fan of team activities or “teaming”, because it better prepares our students for the global workforce, where so much is accomplished by teams. However, that shared, working in teams, has to be taught, and I believe the underlying word is “working”, and as a team means “together”. Supporting this important student success component, I’ve established many easy and unique systems which have truly made “teaming” a joy and a success while teaching in my different fifth, sixth, and seventh grade classrooms over the years. I share these wonderful secrets in "Teaming Systems," by Melissa J. Donovan, which have been extracted from one of the seventeen sections in my large product, “The SYSTEMATIZED CLASSROOM”.
Four main areas are addressed in “TEAMING SYSTEMS”:
First, find five different ways to form teams and the variations within these systems. Thus, throughout the year, students will have opportunities to work with everyone in their class. Other times, students may form their regular team in 30 seconds, as explained in product.
Second, five-plus very effective accountability systems are documented. They’ll keep your team members accountable at all times regarding working industriously, effectively, and productively.
Third, enclosed is a two-page room poster to reinforce a team member’s accountability and remind members what is expected.
Fourth, once the easily incorporated systems are applied in actual team productions, an occasional evaluation of team members is a great idea. Thus, I’ve included a team member evaluation rubric for use to kindly remind students what they should strive for at all times while working in a team. Also, it’s a thorough rubric, so it has many uses.
Find diagrams, steps, and several pictures of author’s students working in teams to help illustrate the goals in “TEAMING SYSTEMS,” which is recommended for grades fourth through eighth, but other grades should benefit.
Thank you, and enjoy. Until next time,
PS “The After-School-Partnered-Tutor Program” will be next.
by Melissa J. Donovan
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