Navigate Group Dynamics: I support students to navigate the challenges of collaboration

Authentic Learning Strategy:

Create group working norms with learners

Creating group norms as the outset of any collaborative learning experience supports learners to work well together and provides the teacher with an anchor for providing feedback to learners on their collaboration. These norms should be co-created with learners. After practicing with learners to create group norms as a class, asking them to create their own team contracts can help them own their own norms and figure out the best way to work together as a group and leverage each others’ strengths.

Bright Spots

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Partner Norms

Team Contracts

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Discourse Norms


Inspired? Use the resources below to bring this learner-centered strategy to your learning community.

📖 Read this article about meaningful roles 

📖 Group Roles from University Park Campus School

List of roles from Carnegie Melon

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