Engage students in a discussion to establish classroom norms around cooperation, then reinforce their learning with a fun Kahoot! game!
This activity supports the development of the following social-emotional skills: relationship skills, responsible decision-making, self-awareness, self-management, and social awareness.
Engage students in a classroom discussion about the importance of equitable team roles and diverse perspectives when working on a cooperative goal (e.g., during a group project). Consider establishing and writing down classroom norms for cooperation, such as:
During group projects, consider developing and assigning individual student roles that rely on the following four elements:
For more information on assigning equitable student roles, review this article by Bonnie Coggeshall.
Consider assigning roles in a manner that challenges students’ assumptions about themselves and others, allowing them to develop new skills and perspectives. Provide a clear description of each role, and remind students to follow expectations around each role. Some examples of student roles that you can assign (based on the POGIL model) are:
Play the Kahoot! game below with your students to reinforce their cooperative skills. This game introduces different ways that they can work together to accomplish a common goal, and highlights the importance of recognizing and appreciating each person’s unique strengths. Students will also engage in short role-playing exercises, answer poll questions about themselves, and reflect on what they learned.