Group Work Expectations

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This lesson was a few days into the unit practicing multiplication story problems. These story problems included multiplication problems that were more advanced. So, I wanted the students be able to solve word problems that involve multiplying three or four digit numbers by one. Or, two digit numbers by two digit numbers. I also wanted them to demonstrate and practice proper group work expectations since Ms. Bell has been working diligently to establish positive group work in their lessons. Overall, this lesson went very well. The students were so well behaved, showing their ability to be calm, balanced and focused. Their enthusiasm, motivation and cooperation helped me feel comfortable and confident teaching. Also because of this, I was …show more content…
This lesson demonstrates my development as a teacher not only throughout this semester but also throughout my entire teaching career. This lesson specifically targeted Standard 3: Learning Environments because I had the students working in groups to practice their group work expectations. This ensures a positive, safe environment for all students. I also targeted this standard by closing the lesson with a problem to solve independently. By working collaboratively and gradually releasing to work independently, students are engaged and self-motivated learners. While I was planning this lesson, I specifically thought about ways to ensure the students would be engaged and self-motivated. Since I have a diverse classroom of learning needs, I had to plan instruction that would support each and every student (Standard 7). In order to do this, I intentionally placed students in groups that would challenge them in a way that encouraged them to reach their full potential without allowing them to shut down and give up out of frustration. I also used group work, such as reading the problem aloud together, to help differentiate. Allowing think time also helped students gather their thoughts before collaborating as a group. I also made sure to provide an extra challenge for students that had already met the learning goal. Giving students the autonomy to choose between a more or less difficult problem helps them succeed by not holding certain students back or pushing others too far …show more content…
This was 61% of the class meeting the goal by receiving a level three. 26% of the class met the goal, so six were at the level two. Finally, three students need work, so they made up the 13% of the class receiving a level one. Two of these three students started the lesson at a level two, but digressed to a level one. Overall, 87% of the class were at least at the level that meets the goal. This means they still have room for improvement, but they are on the right path to reaching 100% of the class meeting this goal. Based on their behavior and willingness to learn, I think this is definitely achievable by the end of the

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