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. :)

It’s Time for a Back to School GIVEAWAY!

Some friends and I have gotten together to bring you a Back to School Giveaway! We know that you are probably gearing up to head back to school (and some of you have been back for a week or 2)!

So, we all teamed up and we are giving away a $40 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card for you to spend at the back to school sale that is happening August 1-2!

Here are the amazing teacher-bloggers that are bringing you this gift card! Click on the blog buttons to go to their blogs. Then, below each button is a link to the stores where you can add lots of things to your cart for the SALE!

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6 Reasons I Blame Teaching for Making Me Fat

My teammate and I were talking the other day about how hard teaching is on staying healthy. I realized then that I have not been *gasp* getting smaller in my 6 years of teaching. Anyone else out there have this shocking realization?

I love being a teacher. I love being in charge. I love my students. But y’all, I blame teaching for making me fat! Here are 6 reasons I thought of. Please feel free to add your own in the comments!

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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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Mobile Clip Chart

This year I am team teaching! Whew… if you’ve ever gone from self-contained to team teaching, then you know how much work it is in the beginning to simply figure out all those little things.. like where does there stuff go? And who sends emails? And what time do we switch? For the love of God what time are we switching today!? Read more