Fostering Collaboration in the Classroom

One thing I am striving for with my move to 3rd grade is to foster and encourage collaboration in my classroom. I see time and time again students who don’t know how to work together or how to be respectful towards their peers!

Our students HAVE to be able to agree, disagree, collaborate, cooperate, and work as a team. They can’t do that if we don’t show them how!

Being in a new grade level, however, I know I have to take baby steps or else it won’t work for me. I created these job collaboration cards to make sure my kids are held accountable for their group work.

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I printed the cards on cardstock in different colors. The first time we used the cards, I passed out the cards and the students got in their color groups.

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The next time we used these collaboration cards, I noticed that the students had already caught on to color groups and I saw them picking the same color as their friends!

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The 3rd time we used them, *insert evil teacher laugh here*, I went back and wrote numbers on the cards. Now they could be grouped by color or by number. The students won’t know which way they are grouped until AFTER they have chosen a card!

You should have seen their faces after I let them pick cards and then told them they would not be grouped by the color of their cards.

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Lstly, this is how I explained the job responsibilities to my students. I also put it on the board in case they need a reminder while working.

Collaboration Job Cards Explanation

Depending on the number of students you have and the activity you are doing, you might not use all of the jobs every time. You also might give 1 student 2 jobs.

I am passionate about my students collaborating and problem solving while learning the necessary academics. These job cards have already been SO instrumental in my classroom!

Click any of the job card photos in this post to head over to my TpT store to download these cards for FREE! You can also click here. I hope these cards are helpful to you and your classroom collaboration. :)

Spread the Joy: A Classroom Freebie

This little ole’ blog has sure seen some tumbleweeds the couple of months. I’ve been a little busy teaching routines and wrangling six year olds and making sure no one got lost and tying shoes and OH YEAH, teaching!

I’m sure you can relate.

So now here it is, the most wonderful time of the year.

Cue the carols. And the holiday treats!

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4 Things Parents Need To Know (About Teachers)

I recently read an article about 10 things teachers want to say to parents, but can’t. It inspired me to write 4 things that teachers can say to parents. I believe that an open and honest relationship with parents is key. A good rapport between parents and teachers is one of the most important parts of a student’s education. Here are 4 things that I’d like parents to know about me as a teacher.

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Four Ways to Maximize Your Cell Phone In the Classroom

The exponential growth of technology has made interactions a lot less personal. I often see friends sitting next to each other and simultaneously looking at their phones. Frequently my husband and I even spend time checking Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. I would say that in my personal life, my phone detracts from my relationships. However, below you will find 4 ways that your cell phone can actually help you in the classroom.

Using Table Captains to Manage Supplies and Responsibilities

You Oughta Know About…. Table Captains
Have you ever had kids who fight over who is going to be the one to bring you the papers or who is going to come get supplies? How about when your students table buckets are all messy and crazy and your glue bottles are open? All of the above drives me bonkers, so a while back I introduced Table Captains.

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Monday Made-It: From Flop to Fab!

Hello friends! I don’t about you, but… I’m not the craftiest person in the world. Most of my Pinterest projects do NOT turn out like they should. And I’m ok with that… it definitely gives me something to work on. :) Maybe it’s just me, but I actually like when I see someone admit that it go so well the first time they tried something… it reminds me that I don’t have to be perfect! So today, I am going to show you how my project went from a FLOP to FAB! :)

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