This week make your study team and teaching strategy focus Teammates Consult. This strategy is especially helpful if some of your students are not committed to the team approach. It is also a good strategy to use if you find students are consistently slow at getting started with the lesson.
Teammates Consult (Pencils in the Middle)
This activity should take no more than five minutes and is a GREAT strategy for those lessons with one big problem for the day. Teammates Consult helps all of the students to slow down, think about, talk about, and plan first, before they start to work. Besides helping students who are often unsure how to begin their work, this strategy slows down students who may know what to do but who only see the problem in one way or who tend to quickly solve problems but without much depth. Use this time while the students are sharing suggestions to check that they understand the task by listening in on the team conversations and asking questions to check their understanding.