Form Teams

  1. Introduce the rationale for teamwork. This is a 21st century skill essential in the workplace.
  2. Assign or create teams of 3 to 5 students.
  3. Have teams review and discuss the Teamwork Rubric.
  4. Initial task for teams. Have the teams brainstorm ideas on answering the Driving Question. Have them share their ideas with one other team.
  5. Finish with discussion. What good ideas surfaced? How did each group work together as a team?

Tips and Tools

If necessary, use the team-building resources in Resources section to establish effective working teams. Suggested:
Team Roles
Conflict Resolution Speak
Rules for High Performance Collaboration

Share the initial brainstorm on the Driving Question using Gallery Walks (link takes you to an explanation of a Gallery Walk) or Padlet (a site where you can add anything to your blank “wall”).

Teams should establish a task list using the Project Milestones Checklist. This document can be filled out by hand, but will be modified as the project proceeds.

Start Daily Learning Logs for individuals or teams. If the logs will be graded, announce grading standards and expectations.

Have students enter their observations (what they learned, what they need to learn, etc) in their Daily Learning Logs.