Often students start off the school year following your expectations and working well together, but you may find that about the third or fourth time new teams are formed they lose their focus. This can happen for a variety of reasons, but recognizing and responding to this right away is important. It may help you to know that this is a normal part of the use of teams in the classroom and that when a class works through this issue collaboratively the teams become even more effective.
To help reinforce team expectations this week, do a challenging team assessment that really pushes students to discuss the mathematics in order to succeed. This is also a good time for another Participation Quiz to help re-state your expectations and to give positive reinforcement to the teams that are showing commitment to working effectively and following class norms.
The following behaviors are characteristic of successful teams. They: