Author:
Kristin Robinson
Subject:
Elementary Education, Special Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Upper Primary, Graduate / Professional
Tags:
  • Building Collaboration
  • Coaching
  • Inquiry Science
  • Oasis
  • SNUDLE
  • Udl
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English

    Activity: Establish group norms... as a group!

    Activity: Establish group norms... as a group!

    Overview

    Collaborative learning is influenced by the quality of interactions, both among students and between teacher and students. Use this activity with students to co-create norms that foster a safe, welcoming, and productive environment for science inquiry learning.

    Establish group norms... as a group!

    Collaborative learning is influenced by the quality of interactions, both among students and between teacher and students. Use this activity with students to co-create norms that foster a safe, welcoming, and productive environment for science inquiry learning.

    • Establish group norms right from the start, and revisit them periodically and flexibly to grow with student and group needs.
    • Invite students into the process of creating group norms. Start with a single, non-negotiable rule (e.g., “No one has the right to interfere with the learning, safety, or wellbeing of others.”) and then have students brainstorm and select 5-6 more “rules” for the class for the year.
    • Post the “rules” prominently in the classroom. Plan to revisit group norms periodically and ensure that they are flexible to grow with student and group needs.