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PREPARING TO WORK IN GROUPS
When the teacher gives the go-ahead, get into groups in 1 minute or less.
Each unit will have a new group.
Talk quietly in groups.
Each group should be clustered well away from other groups.
Each person in each group needs to stay with the assigned group until all group members are finished and afterward.
After all group members are finished, group members may talk quietly to other people in their group while waiting for other groups to finish.
If there is a question in the group, one group member should raise his or her hand so that the teacher can come by.
If the teacher is helping other students, put a "help" sign on the desk so that he or she can come by after that. This is done by folding a piece of paper in half, labeling it, and putting it on the table.
(do example paper to show)
Students in a group that is finished may talk in a low voice/whisper to each other or read their assigned novels until the teacher raises her hand to change groups or seating.
Each student needs to rate the other students in the group each day.
HOW TO RATE EACH OTHER:Rate each student from 1-10, 10 being the best group member OR use the Group Rating Sheet. Write down any comments after each name. Hand in the comments and ratings each day for credit. Don't forget to put your name and class (period) on each paper.
HANDING IN YOUR PAPER: Hand in your paper in your class paper area.
(show paper handing in area)
CHECK THE "WHEN YOU ARE DONE" PAGE FOR MORE IDEAS OF THINGS TO DO WHEN YOUR GROUP WORK IS COMPLETED.
WHILE YOU ARE WORKING
Make sure you read or listen to the directions about your work and understand them.
If you didn't understand, first ask help from other students sitting around you or in your group.
If they also don't understand, ask to the teacher to explain it.
If the teacher is busy, put a "help" sign up. The teacher will help you as soon as possible. Move on to another question or activity in the meantime, if possible.
If you are asked to help, be polite and kind and offer your best advice.
Talking to each other should be no louder than a whisper.
The person sitting on the other side of the room should not be interrupted by your noise.
Respect each other and be friendly.
Use your time wisely.
Put forth your best effort to finish your work on time.
Put all group members' names on the group work so that everyone receives credit.
Group work, when finished, also needs to be put into the Class work area to get credit for the day.
NAMES ON WORK:
Please put all the names of each group member on each assignment put into the Class work area.