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Job Description:

  • Make sure group starts quickly and remains focused during the entire activity.

    • Good tools/phrases to use:

    • Assign tasks for collecting and distributing materials as needed.

    • Assign roles like calculator or significant figure checker.

    • “I think we have everything, are we ready to begin?”

  • Takes care of time management.

    • Good tools/phrases to use:

    • Keep an eye on the clock.

    • Keep group moving forward.

    • Communicate with group on discussion deadlines.

    • “I think we need to focus on _ now in order to complete this section of the activity on time .”

    • “We have _ minutes before we need to be ready to discuss this section. Let’s get this done.”

  • Make sure all voices in the group are heard.

    • Good tools/phrases to use:

    • Address group members by name.

    • Ensure every group member contributes.

    • Assign different members to read sections of activity on a rotating basis.

    • “(Name), what do you think about . . . .?”

    • “I would like to hear what you think, (name).”


Job Description:

  • Communicates group questions and clarifications with the teacher or other groups. (This is the only group member designated to do so.)

    • Good tools/phrases to use:

    • “Our group is confused about how _ relates to _ .”

    • “Our group reached consensus that the answer to number _ was __.”

  • Ensures all group members have had the opportunity to respond to the question before asking outside sources.

    • Good tools/phrases to use:

    • “Does anyone in our group know the answer to _?”

    • “Before we ask the teacher, could someone in our group clarify the answer to….”

  • Ensures that everyone in the group agrees on what question to ask if an outside source is needed.

    • Good tools/phrases to use:

    • “Does everyone agree we need to find out . . . ?”

• Presents conclusions of the group to the class, as requested.

  • Good tools/phrases to use:

  • “The reasoning we used to answer number __ was . . .”


Job Description:

  • Guides consensus-building process; group must agree on responses to questions.

    • Good tools/phrases to use:

    • “Would you all agree that _ is an acceptable answer for question number _ ?”

    • “Could you please rephrase what you just said?”

    • “Is your response/answer completely supported by your explanation/calculations?”

    • “Would that response make sense to someone from another group?”

  • Verifies that ALL individual responses are: 1) consistent on paper, 2) reflect the group’s consensus, and 3) are high quality.

    • Good tools/phrases to use:

    • Look at responses from individual papers (sampling!).

    • Have all group members shown work on quantitative problems?

    • Do all group members’ responses have complete thoughts or explanations?

  • Ensures that accurate revisions happen after class discussions.

    • Good tools/phrases to use:

    • Can all group members respond correctly to a question about what you learned?

    • “(Name) when you read (name’s) answer, do you see any differences?”


Job Description:

  • Observes group dynamics and behavior with respect to the learning process, using report format.

    • Good tools/phrases to use:

    • Is everyone in the group participating?

    • Are group members listening carefully to each other?

    • Are group members being patient and respectful of each other?

    • Fill out the report form that may be collected for the activity.

  • Reports to the group periodically during the activity on how the group performs.

    • Good tools/phrases to use:

    • “Let’s stop for a minute. I have a couple comments on what we are doing well and a suggestion on

    • how we could be more productive.”

    • “Let’s wait for (name) to catch up before we move on.”

  • Be ready to report to the entire class about how well the group is operating.

Topic revision: r1 - 2020-01-23 - JimSkon
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