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Group Work Norms Posters

I’m excited to share some group work norms posters I created with you today. One of my big goals for the upcoming school year is to incorporate effective group work into my classroom.  Group work is something I really struggle with.  I try it, it doesn’t go how I want it to, and I give up.

Back in May, I read Strength in Numbers: Collaborative Learning in Secondary Mathematics by Ilana Horn.  This book was chock full of ideas on how to implement effective group work.  I can’t recommend this book enough!  One of the main points in the book is that students need to be aware of the norms that you have for group work.  I took the norms listed in this book and added a few others from other sources to make my own set of posters.  

I will be printing off these posters, laminating them, and hanging them in my classroom.  Each time we do group work, I will pick 2-3 norms to focus on.  I will indicate these by taping a small star on the posters of these norms.  This will provide a visual reminder of what I am looking for.  As we practice these norms more and more, they should become second nature to my students.

group work norms posters
group work norms posters

Class Groupwork Norms

group work norms posters

Take Turns

group work norms posters Take turns

Listen to others’ ideas

group work norms posters listen to others' ideas

Disagree with ideas, not people

group work norms posters disagree with ideas, not people

Be respectful

group work norms posters be respectful

Helping is not the same as giving answers

group work norms posters helping is not the same as giving answers

Confusion is part of learning

group work norms posters confusion is part of learning

Say your “becauses”

group work norms posters say your becauses

You have the right to ask anybody in your group for help

group work norms posters you have the right to ask anybody in your group for help

No talking outside your group

group work norms posters no talking outside your group

You have the duty to give help to anyone who asks

group work norms posters you have the duty to give help to anybody who asks

Remember to play your role

group work norms posters remember to play your role

No one is done until everyone is done

group work norms posters no one is done until everyone is done

No naked numbers

 Naked numbers refer to answers without proper units.  I’ve been really bad about letting my students get away with not writing units.  Not anymore!

group work norms posters no naked numbers

Put the question in your answer

group work norms posters put the question in your answer

Do you have any suggestions of norms to add/revise?

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Updated Set of Group Work Norms Posters

I’ve been working on putting the final touches on my room.  Tomorrow is my last day of summer.  Thursday and Friday will feature mandatory trainings, time to work in our rooms, and meet the teacher night.

One of my last things to hang are my group work norms posters for this year.  I’ve done these before, but I feel like I know so much more than I did last time around.  You’ll notice some of the posters are the same, and others are different.

These norms are based off of what I’ve learned about implementing effective groupwork from reading Elizabeth G. Cohen’s Designing Groupwork and Ilana Horn’s Strength in Numbers.  Both of these books have changed my view of groupwork and how it can impact student understanding.  If you want to get serious about group work, I’d recommend both of these books in a heartbeat!

I’ve adapted several activities that may be of interest such as Broken Circles, Rainbow Logic, and Guess My Rule.

Group Work Norms

  • Listen to others’ ideas.
  • Remember to play your role.
  • Give reasons for your suggestions.
  • Explain by telling how.
  • Helping is not the same as giving answers.
  • Pay attention to what other group members need.
  • Disagree with ideas, not people.
  • You have the right to ask anyone in your group for help.
  • You have the duty to assist anyone who asks for help.
  • Make a plan.
  • Take turns.
  • No one is done until everyone is done.
  • Confusion is part of learning.
  • No talking outside your group.
  • Say your “becauses.”
group work norms posters free download high school math classroom decorations

 You might also be interested in my Growth Mindset Mistakes poster.

group work norms posters free download high school math classroom decorations
group work norms posters free download high school math classroom decorations
group work norms posters free download high school math classroom decorations
group work norms posters free download high school math classroom decorations
group work norms posters free download high school math classroom decorations
group work norms posters free download high school math classroom decorations
group work norms posters free download high school math classroom decorations

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Unknown

Friday 14th of June 2019

I feel like I'm downloading everything! Thank you Sarah

Adina

Friday 20th of February 2015

So smart! I always have to pull the "because"s out of my students! :)

Adina

Sunday 15th of February 2015

What does "Say your 'becauses'" remind the students to do?

Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove)

Thursday 19th of February 2015

It's a reminder that students need to justify their answers. For example, when we were learning to classify relations as function/not a function. Students had to say "this is a function BECAUSE..." or "this is not a function BECAUSE..."

Unknown

Monday 14th of July 2014

Thank you so much for posting these! I think I will use the idea of choosing a few to focus on as well as an idea from another blog about giving marbles to each group when I recognize a norm in action. (http://fasttimesofamiddleschoolmathteacher.blogspot.com/search?q=group) Thank you so much for blogging. You are a constant resource and inspiration to me.

Creative Undertakings

Wednesday 9th of July 2014

I love these rules! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove)

Friday 11th of July 2014

You're very welcome!