Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bright Idea: Holding Kids Accountable for Small Group Work

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A few years ago, I picked-up an idea at a GLAD training that I absolutely love and has been a life saver when it comes to holding students accountable for small group work. It works amazingly! 

To help keep all kids on-task, working, and engaged in small groups, I give each group member a colored marker. Students sign their name with that color so I know what color belongs to each student

When students do their group work, they use their assigned color when writing. This makes it so easy to see who did what part of the group work. 

Not to mention, the students know I will be looking to see if each group member is doing an equal amount of writing. Kids who usually don't do much become more actively involved. Kids who usually do all of the work are now working to get their other group members more involved. 

Works like a charm! 

My students recently learned about animals found on the Oregon coast while working on our STEM project. Each group created a poster to share with the class about the animal they studied. I used this strategy to keep each group member accountable for their work. 

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  1. Great idea! I love using group work at the end of my units. Your idea will help keep everyone in check!

  2. Great idea, Lizz! I will have to try this with my 5th graders!

  3. That is such a great tip- thanks for sharing!

  4. Great! I have different methods I use to keep them accountable ( ) but this is certainly another way to add into the mix! Thanks for sharing :)


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