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When Your Team Is Working Well Together

18 Aug

Have you seen Jill Gough’s blog post Strategic Teaming: leadership, voice, our hopes and dreams? Jill reminds us that strong teams both set norms for their work together and then self assess to ensure that they are functioning within their norms.

How do you provide your students the opportunity to set norms for the work that we have to do together?

I asked my students what it looks like when your team is working well together.

Here’s a wordle of their responses.

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I see communicating, cooperating, talking, participating, strategies, but what strikes me most from their suggestions is everyone.

Some lengthier responses from the students:

We are all talking about our strategies. Everyone considers all possibilities presented by the team. Everyone is contributing and listening to what each other has to say, respecting each other. We communicate reasons the answers may be correct or wrong. We will work together to figure out multiple solutions, or the one correct solution, or if there is no solution.

We’ve agreed to these norms.

Everyone …

Respects

Contributes

Listens

Questions

Collaborates

Communicates

Since I want to be transparent about formative assessment being for students as well as teachers, I showed them Popham’s levels of formative assessment.

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We are working well together when the whole class is using formative assessment (and not just the teacher). We want all students in our class to meet the learning goals. Not just the “smartest”; not just the fastest. This isn’t survival of the fittest where some can adapt and others will grow extinct. Everyone can learn. Everyone will learn.

The start of another school year has come and gone as the journey continues …


Popham, W. James. Transformative Assessment. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2008. Print.

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Posted by on August 18, 2016 in Geometry, Student Reflection

 

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